Sunday, August 27, 2017

God's Church will prevail

I'm not preaching this Sunday, but I thought I'd offer a few quick thoughts on today's Gospel from St Matthew: 

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter,  and on this rock  I will build my church, and the powers of death  shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (
16: 13-20)

There are many who worry about the decline in the practice of religion in our society. And they are right to do so - but not because it signals the demise of the Church, but because of the evidence it provides of the spiritual danger so many are in. The Church will never fail; it will last until the end of the ages. Christ himself told us so - no evil of the world, the flesh, or the devil can prevail against it. If we have supernatural faith like St Peter, who recognised and acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God we will know this to be true and not be afraid. However, this is not reason for complacency. As I said above, the troubling behaviour we see should give us cause for concern regarding the eternal fate of many. Therefore, we must fearlessly preach the word to them, lead them to Christ by the example of our lives, and pray for them always. 

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