Thursday 9 August 2018

About Today Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34. Psalm 50(51):12-15, 18-19. Matthew 16:13-23.

Create a clean heart in me, O God—Psalm 50(51):12-15, 18-19.

‘I shall be their God and they will be my people.’

Today’s Gospel helps us consider our beliefs: how they are formed and what influences us. The disciples speak of the many ways people at the time understood the ‘Son of Man’.

God gifted Peter with the recognition of Jesus as the Christ. Because he was blessed in this special way, he was an obvious choice for leadership of the faltering community. Over the centuries, Peter’s famous replies and behaviour have endeared him to us with their simple spontaneous power. Peter was so clear and confident of his new friend. He sensed the joy that Jesus offered and was ready to be part of that journey. Jesus offered new life and hope.

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