Dear parishioners,

What a contrast between the two declarations of Jesus to Peter one after the other; last Sunday we heard Jesus giving his authority to Peter, the first pope:

I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church…” (Mt.16:18). Today we hear Jesus say to him: ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’ (Mt 16:22). Evidently, Simon did not think for a minute that Jesus was going to suffer and die. Therefore, he was scandalised by Jesus speaking about his suffering and death. Like all of us, Peter had to change his opinions and mindset to be of the same  mind of Christ and be his visible vicar on earth.

Jesus called him to his service not because he was better than others but because he chose him! Benedict XVI explained the two of the pope’s identity:

“If Simon acknowledged Jesus’ identity at first it did not come “through flesh and blood”, that is, through his human capacities, but through a particular revelation from God the Father(…)

 Here we see the tension that exists between the gift that comes from the Lord and human capacities; and in this scene between Jesus and Simon Peter we see anticipated in some sense the drama of the history of the papacy itself, characterized by the joint presence of these two elements: on the one hand, because of the light and the strength that come from on high, the papacy constitutes the foundation of the Church during its pilgrimage through history; on the other hand, across the centuries, human weakness is also evident, which can only be transformed through openness to God’s action.”

Then Jesus explained that accepting trials is a condition of being a disciple:

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life?”

If we do want to become holy, here is the good news:

‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his

angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his





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