Cycle A

Good News A31a

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

 

Matthew 16:13-19 New American Bible

Matthew 16:13-19 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

"Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church”

 

In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church. His church started with twelve apostles. Now there are approximately 2 billion Christians in the world. There are approximately 6 billion people living in the world today. Not everyone in the world knows about Christ yet. Not everyone believes in Jesus Christ yet. God wants you to spread the word about Jesus to others.

One way to let others know about the love Jesus has for them is by your example. Show others that you love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself. This is a good testimony. When people find out what church you go to, they will want to go there, too. When you are praying, they will want you to ask your God to help them, too. When you treat them with kindness, they will treat others with kindness, too.   

When you share what you have with your church and others, you are sharing with Jesus Christ. He will reward you. When you help fill the needs of your family and friends, Jesus provides for your needs, too. When you give clothing that you have outgrown to the needy, he gives your parents enough money to get clothing for you. Goodwill Stores sell items that are donated to them. They use the money from these sales to give job training to handicapped people. The Kidney Foundation uses money from the sale of items donated to them to provide kidney transplants to people who need them. Many homeless shelters give food, shelter, and job training for people who find themselves without a home. Choose how you want to help others.

Say the “Our Father” and tell Jesus that you are proud to be a member of his church. Tell him how you are going to spread the word about Jesus.  Pray that more people believe in Jesus Christ each day.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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