Benedictus

My Magnificat includes the Mass readings for the day. Today’s Gospel includes Christ’s promise to Peter that Peter will deny Christ three times – a promise made in response to Peter’s declaration that he will lay down his life for Christ. The book also includes this from Pope Benedict XVI: “We have grown accustomed to make a clear distinction between Peter the rock and Peter the denier of Christ – the denier of Christ: that is Peter as he was before Easter; the rock: that is Peter as he was after Pentecost, the Peter of whom we have constructed a singularly idealistic image. But, in reality, he was at both times both of these…Has it not been thus throughout the history of the Church that the Pope, the successor of Peter, has been at once Petra and Skandalon – both the rock of God and a stumbling-block? In fact, the faithful will always have to reckon with this paradox of divine dispensation that shames their pride again and again.”

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