Original text: 23/08/2014Changed: 06/30/2016
Gospel of Sunday, 03.07.2016 - (Mt. 16.13 to 20)The Gospel this Sunday Sunday, according to Catholic Christian liturgy, is expected in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16, verses 13-20.At Caesarea Philippi, the Master Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of Man?". They said, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He asked them, "But whom say ye that I am?". Simon Peter answered and said: "YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD" (emphasis added). Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. " ( 1 )
A.BIGCUORE´S REFLECTION: the evangelist text, it becomes clear what is the church founded by Jesus Christ, whose head began with Peter !!!On this rock I will build MY CHURCH, says the Master Jesus, that is, the ONLY church. The definite article "the", makes it clear that !.We are not here interested in creating controversy and not discuss religion, just to clarify that the ONLY church (biblically) continuer of the apostles is the Catholic Christian. This, however, does not invalidate the other Christian denominations. The most important of all, is to be disciples of Jesus!
That is, PRACTICING all that he taught through his words have been entered in the holy Gospels.Our LOVING CAPACITY is to save us! Which is nothing more than being baptized and have faith in Jesus and, of course, on a daily basis, have attitudes, concrete acts of love of neighbor. (. Eg a word spoken at the right time friend, a hug, a kiss, demonstration of solidarity, especially in times of suffering, charity etc. etc.)
According to the text, it is clear that like Jesus passing a PROXY Peter to take care of his flock, when He ascended to heaven, with the subsequent coming of the Holy Spirit who guides the Church today.
The Catholic Church as the Mystical Body of Christ, is perfect, holy and immaculate !. Already the hierarchical church is made up of men; and men are flawed. Look what's happened to Pope Benedict XVI, he resigned because he felt that some cardinals groups were creating large "resistance" to his pastoral administration and temporal well. And in view of his advanced age already opted courageous and humble by the resignation, as provided for in Article 332, paragraph 2, of the Code of Canon Law, drafted by himself then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope John Paul II time.
EVERYTHING PASSES. ONLY REMAINS GOD !. The Catholic Church, throughout history has gone through several crises and have never been and will never be destroyed, as she is guided by the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit who proceeds from the Heavenly Father and the Son Jesus Christ, the Word (word) incarnate . It was endorsed by Jesus when himself, in the above text says that "... the gates of hell will never prevail against it."
God bless us all Christians and non-Christians for the best to happen in this world so troubled and full of violence !. Peace begins in the human heart, let us not forget it !.GOD IS FOREVER praised and glorified, IN HIS SON JESUS NAME! Amen!A happy and holy Sunday to all (the) !. Grace and blessings of health, peace and joy in your hearts!
Source: (1) - Jerusalem Bible, Paulus Publisher, p. 1,869 / 870.(02) Bible Pauline, pastoral edition, pg. 688/689.(*) Author is writer, singer, songwriter and communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire planet. Access his evangelizers blogs: BLOG GOOD LIVING - http://antonibigcuore.blogspot.com (Portuguese and English) and his poetic and philosophical link: www.recantodasletras.com.br/autores/antonibigcuore - São Paulo, Brazil.