15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”Matthew 16:13-19
16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
Simon Peter is today appointed by Jesus Christ as the foundation from which the Holy Church will originate from.
Jesus Christ says that the knowledge that Simon Peter had was Heaven sent, meaning his anointment and appointment was sanctioned from Heaven by God the Father.
Peter was anointed and appointed to head the Church of Christ despite many shortcomings that a true human being has. This can be exemplified by the many instances that Jesus Christ had to rebuke and reprimand him.
The best thing about Peter was that he would examine his conscience and repent or be so sorry for the wrongs he had done. He did not also shy away from confronting a situation or a problem when faced with one. He had the inner power to right his wrongs. This may be was the reason why he became the perfect leader of the early Church because he was able to ably handle the myriad of problems the Church faced.
With this strong foundation formed by Peter and Paul, the Church of Christ has been able to withstand the storms that had rocked it during early, middle and neo ages.
Let us learn from Peter that despite our human shortcomings, we are still invited by God to serve Him and His church throughout the world. God is not distracted by our human errors because He accepts us the way He created us. But he reminds us to always seek forgiveness when we wrong others and Him and also forgive others who wrong us too.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, use us, like You used Simon Peter, to spread Your Gospel throughout the world and help us to always defend Your Church against attacks from the netherworld. Amen.