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Gospel for the Chair of St. Peter

Matthew 16:13-19

Summary: In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus inquired about public opinion on His identity, receiving varied answers. He then sought his disciples' personal belief. Peter proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah, earning Jesus' praise for receiving divine revelation. Jesus named Peter the foundational rock of His Church, promising it would endure against all trials and granting him significant authority in heaven and on earth.

Peter's Declaration

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

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, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 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.”

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