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Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples that devastating question: “But who do you say that I am?” But the disciples don’t speak. Are they afraid? Perhaps. Finally, Simon Peter speaks: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” You are the Mashiach, the “anointed one,” the long-awaited Savior; but more to it, you are the Son of God, not just a human hero. This is the mystical faith that stands at the heart of Christianity. To hold this Petrine faith is to be a Christian; to deny it is to deny Christianity.

And then those amazing words of Jesus: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” This insight did not come from Simon’s own intelligent speculation. It came from above, through grace, from God. And this is why Peter is a rock.

The Church is built not on a worldly foundation of any kind but on a mystical foundation, born of Peter’s faith in the revealing God. The Church is neither democratic nor aristocratic—it is charismatic. And this is where its power comes from. 

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

18th week of Ordinary Time

Thursday

August 4

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Wednesday

August 3

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Tuesday

August 2

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Monday

August 1

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Sunday

July 31

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17th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

July 30

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Friday

July 29

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Thursday

July 28

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Wednesday

July 27

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Tuesday

July 26

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Monday

July 25

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Sunday

July 24

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16th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

July 23

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Friday

July 22

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Thursday

July 21

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Wednesday

July 20

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Tuesday

July 19

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Monday

July 18

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Sunday

July 17

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15th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

July 16

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Friday

July 15

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Thursday

July 14

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Wednesday

July 13

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Tuesday

July 12

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Monday

July 11

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Sunday

July 10

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14th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

July 9

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Friday

July 8

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Thursday

July 7

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Wednesday

July 6

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Tuesday

July 5

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Monday

July 4

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Sunday

July 3

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13th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

July 2

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Friday

July 1

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Thursday

June 30

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Wednesday

June 29

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Tuesday

June 28

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Monday

June 27

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Sunday

June 26

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12th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 25

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Friday

June 24

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Most Sacred Heart

Thursday

June 23

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Birth of John the Baptist

Wednesday

June 22

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Tuesday

June 21

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Monday

June 20

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Sunday

June 19

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Corpus Christi

11th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 18

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