August 4 2022 Gospel Reflection

8/4/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-23

13 Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
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.
19 I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
20 Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.
22 Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

8/4/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 16:13-23

Unlike the Pharisees and scribes, Peter and and the other apostles were open to the revelation of truth from above.
For flesh and blood does not give us wisdom and knowledge. God alone is the source of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and insights. When we open our heart and mind, He reveals to us His message through the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, when we are receptive of His message, God can use us to build up His church. Instead, some of us allow ourselves to become the instrument of Satan to destroy the body of Christ on earth. It is our choice either to be used by God or by His enemy.

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