In A Few Words: A Carpenter and A Fisherman Built A Church

Simon Peter as the rock of the Church

by Fr. David.
Jesus grew up in Nazareth and lived there for nearly 30 yrs. unknown
except to the town folks. He was thought to be the son of the localSimonPeterKeystoKingdom
carpenter, named Joseph,’ isn’t he the carpenter’s son?” (Mt. 13:53).
Jesus himself practiced this trade, ” Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of
Mary?”
(Mk. 6:3). At about 30 yrs. of age, he came to the Jordan river to be
baptized by John, his cousin. It was for Jesus a moment of decision.
Immediately, he became an itinerant preacher, promoting the kingdom of
God.
Walking by the sea of Galilee, the carpenter turned preacher, caught sight
of a fisherman named Simon. Jesus called him on the spot , “follow me,
from now on your name is Peter(Petros is Greek, meaning ‘rock).” Upon this
rock I will build my church”(Mt. 4:18 and Mt. 16:18).
The carpenter and the fisherman went to work: Christ, the capstone, laid a
solid foundation on Peter, the Rock. Christ gave him the keys of the
kingdom, meaning primacy over the church. The other disciples respected
and honored Peter’ primacy;  he was to lead, govern and tend the church. ”
Simon, I prayed for you…you in turn strengthen your brethren.” (Lk 22).
Matthew, Luke and John record in striking terms the charge given to Peter.
He and his successors have a special place in the universal church built
by the carpenter, Jesus, and the fisherman, Simon Peter.
This church is still in existence. You belong to it. Thank God and take
care of her and love her!


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