August 9 – Thursday
Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 – Jer 31: 31-34
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 51
Create a clean heart in me, O God
Gospel – Mt. 16: 13-23
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
To call someone a "rock" is one of the greatest of compliments. The ancient rabbis had a saying that when God saw Abraham, he exclaimed: "I have discovered a rock to found the world upon." Abraham put his trust in God and made God's word the foundation of his life and the bedrock of his faith. Through Abraham God established a nation for himself. Through faith Peter grasped who Jesus truly was. He was the first apostle to proclaim that Jesus was truly the Anointed One.
Lord Jesus, you are our Lord and Savior. Make our faith strong like Peter and Paul and make us witnesses to speak to the non-believers about you. Amen.