In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples what people are saying about who he is. The disciples indicate that most people believe that Jesus is a prophet of Israel. Then Jesus asks his disciples who they believe that he is. Simon Peter answers, identifying Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.
Jesus commends Simon Peter for this profession of faith, indicating that this insight has come from God. Because of Simon Peter’s response, Jesus calls him the “rock” upon which Jesus will build the Church. This is a word play on the name Peter, which is the Greek word for “rock.” Peter is then given special authority by Jesus, a symbolic key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter will play an important role in the early Christian community as a spokesperson and a leader.
Today as we listen to this gospel we are asked to renew our faith in Jesus as Son of God and Saviour of the World. This is the rock on which we build our faith.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
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Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 24th.