St. Peter the Rock - Church
Confirmation Mini Reflection on St. Peter the Rock - Church
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St. Peter the Rock (Apostle)
Also known as Simon and Cephas, his feast is celebrated with St. Paul on the 29th of June. The feast of the Chair of Peter, which stands for the World Unity of the Church is celebrated on the 22nd of February.
He was a fisherman, brother of Saint Andrew the Apostle who led him to Christ. The Lord gave him the name of "Peter" to indicate that he would be the rock on which the Church would be built.
He had miraculous healing powers, so that people were cured even by his shadow. (Acts 5:15) He was the first Bishop of the Church; we can say that He was the first Pope. He died as a martyr, crucified head downward because he claimed he was not worthy to die in the same manner as the Lord. St. Peter died around 64 A.D.
Scripture Verse (Matthew 16:18-19): “The Lord said to Simon: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell 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.”
Casting Crowns - If We Are the Body
First of all, “Cephas” can be translated as “Rock”, so when Jesus refers to Peter as His “rock”, do you think He was referring to Peter as the foundation of His new Church? Jesus promised to be with us always, and to send us a “helper”, the Holy Spirit to be with us. Jesus refers to His Church as His bride, and that He wants all of us to learn to love & serve one another. These concepts go against everything that today’s popular culture tells us. I am sure that this concept was difficult for the people of Jesus’ time just as much as it is in our day. When you hear the term “Church”, what do you think Jesus meant? Explain what Church means to you? Was He referring to a physical building or a structure? Who is the Church? In the song above by Casting Crowns, they seem to point to us as being the “body of Christ” with references to us using our hands & feet to do the work that Jesus wants continued in this world. So what does that have to do with “Church”? Please discuss these questions with your sponsors and parents and share with us their thoughts on these as well as yours.
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