For 24 August 2008, 21st Sunday, based on Matthew 16:13-20
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, â€œWho do people say that the Son of Man is?â€ And they said, â€œSome say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.â€ He said to them, â€œBut who do you say that I am?â€ Simon Peter answered, â€œYou are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.â€ And Jesus answered him, â€œBlessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.â€ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.