Perhaps these words, “You are Peter and on this rock, I build my Church” are best known by Catholics. It gives us that sense of security that Christ is with us. We know in the Eucharist that He is with us according to the promise that He made. But when He spoke to Peter, so many hundreds of years ago, He gives us the conviction, the certainty that He continues to speak to us even today, through the one whom we call His vicar. Our Lord had taken His Disciples away from Judea, from the region where the Jews were highly influential. Already there was opposition to Him and the authorities were looking for an occasion so that they could have Him arrested and put to death. It would be ideal if somehow He could be found to be in opposition to the emperor and certainly to claim to be the Messiah was a good enough reason. Remember they came with a coin asking whether it was lawful to pay tribute to the emperor. So away from the Jews, Our Lord could freely ask the question, “Who do people say the Son of Man is”? A valid question. Our Lord had worked many signs, He had worked many miracles. The Jews have had for some 4-500 years, not had a prophet among them. The Arc of the Covenant had been lost and there were no oracles. There was silence from heaven for over 400 years and suddenly our Lord appears on the scene, pointed out by John the Baptist. Then working many signs and wonders but above all His teaching, teaching given with authority as they freely acknowledge… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.