Study of the Readings
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point
• First Two Readings
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Rock of Ages
What kind of “rock” was Peter when only moments after his great profession, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus would say, “Get behind me, you have the thoughts of Satan”?
John J. Pilch
New names were regularly given at significant moments in a group’s life, especially to the more prominent members.
The Gospel relates that on the night that Christ was betrayed Peter went indoors and was standing by the fire warming himself when a girl accosted him: “You too were with that man yesterday,” she said.
Rock, Chief Rabbi, Majordomo
The play on Simon's nickname is just one of several rich biblical allusions at work in this key passage.
Reginald H. Fuller
The riches and wisdom of knowledge of God are always too deep to penetrate, God’s judgments and ways are unsearchable.