A Letter from the Pastor
‘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. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church…”’ In today’s gospel of Matthew, Jesus recognized that the Father is in communication with Simon Peter. He is a channel for revealing who Jesus is. And Jesus gave Peter the authority to lead the Church. Was it enough for Peter not to fail? Of course not! Ten chapters later in the gospel of Matthew, we are told that the same Peter denied knowing Jesus at the high priest’s house. Jesus knew that Peter was going to fail, but it did not stop Him from giving Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
As we proclaim every Sunday when we profess our faith in the Creed, we believe that our Church is holy. Why do we say our church is holy, if all members are sinners? Because our founder and head, Jesus Christ, is holy. We are in the path of holiness, but we are still sinners as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “All members of the Church, including her ministers, must acknowledge that they are sinners. In everyone, the weeds of sin will still be mixed with the good wheat of the Gospel until the end of time.” (CCC 827). This is not an excuse to sin, but we must recognize our sinful nature. We need to behave always as disciples of Jesus, but we will fail, we will make mistakes, as Peter did.
All the saints recognized their sinful nature, and that was their first step to becoming holy. They did not rely solely in their own abilities or gifts, but in the grace of God, in order to walk in their way of holiness. As Saint Paul says: “I am cont