Peter becomes the first pope after proving his faith in Jesus!
Gospel Reflection for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples tell Him, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them another question: “But who do you say that I am?” Peter is very brave, and he says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Because Peter was not afraid to believe in Jesus, he became the head of the new Church – our very first Pope! In today’s gospel, Jesus also gave His disciples the power to forgive sins, and this gift has been passed down to all the priests ever since that day.
Jesus also said, “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against [the kingdom of Heaven]”. Even though bad things happen and life is never easy, evil will never win because Jesus is with us.