Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Matthew 16: 17 – 18
I’ll never forget visiting St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is truly enormous, like a regular Cathedral has been scaled up by 2 or 3 times. And if you stand in the centre of the Basilica and look up at the colossal dome, there in these giant 2m tall letters is written “Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam mean et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum” the Latin words of today’s reading, “you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”. It is so imposing, and it is carved there in all its grandeur, because it is so important to the Catholic Church.
And it’s not just Catholics, for all Christians this an critical verse because this is moment when the Church was founded. Every Christian community can trace it’s way back this conversation. When Jesus founded the Church he was bringing us into his plans, asking us to work alongside him to fulfil his mission for the world.
And all of this based on fallible Peter, at times brave and bold, at other times flaky and cowardly. The Church wasn’t founded on a super saint but on a very normal flawed person. But isn’t that encouraging? From Peter with all his shortcomings came a Church that has lasted 2000 years, spread to every corner of the Earth and everywhere preached forgiveness and Good News. From even the most flawed of people God can do great things.
Pray: Christ our King, Thank you for you Church, a community that welcomes us in and unites us with believers all around the world. Thank you for including us, for deeming us as co-workers and trusted companions. Help us to live up to that amazing legacy and be salt and light in the world around us.
Act: The Church is far bigger than just the Church of Scotland, let alone Granton Parish. Take some time to learn about the Church around the world and pray for them. If you don’t know where to start try our partner Churches https://churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world-mission/our-partner-churches