Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan” in Matthew 16:23. How could Peter be the rock of the church?
Jesus did rebuke Peter for his sin. Yet, after the resurrection, Jesus confirmed Peter as the head of the Church.
Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘feed my lambs’ … ‘tend my sheep’ … ‘feed my sheep.’”
Popes, like Peter, can sin. Despite this, the pope is still given the authority to lead the Church. For an explanation for Peter as rock of the Church, please see our blog post Catechesis 101 | Papacy: How can Catholics believe Peter was the first pope?
For additional video reflections on the primacy of Peter as the first pope, and of the importance on authority within the living voice of the Church, please see:
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.