18th Week, Ordinary Time: Thursday, 8th August 2019

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?’

Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Through the gift of faith Peter understood who Jesus truly is. Peter was the first apostle to recognize Jesus as the “Christ, the Son of the living God.”


  • Jesus then confers on Peter the divine authority to govern the Church and to build it through God’s infinite power which no earthly and evil powers can overcome.


  • If Jesus were to ask each of us personally with the same question: “Who do you say I am?” What would our response to Jesus be?