It is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven. Matthew 16:17.

When Jesus asked his disciples, ” But you, who do you say I am? ” Peter answered, ” You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. ” Jesus replied, ” You are a happy man, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in Heaven Matthew 16:15-17. Then Jesus said to him that he is Peter (or Rock) and on this rock he would build his Church.

Faith in Christ, the Son of God, which Peter was among the apostles, the first to proclaim, really came from God. This faith is not a human opinion or a sentimental attachment. It does not come from flesh and blood, an expression which for the Jews meant what is purely human, what a human being does and understands from his own capacity.

The words by which Jesus greeted Peter, happy are you, Simon, are true for all the believers. For it is the Father who has chosen us and has brought us to Christ. ‘ No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, ‘ John 6:44. Jesus upon meeting Peter, looking at him and said, ” You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas ” ( Which means Rock ) John 1:42. Jesus gave him this surname of Rock, foreseeing that he would be for his Church a foundation rock.

When God chose David, the first king of Israel, he promised him that his sons would rule the kingdom of God forever : This promise was fulfilled in Christ. Then Jesus chose Peter to be forever the visible foundation of the building and his successors in the future to be the visible head of the Church in the same way that Peter was in the early Church.

God has chosen you and called you for great things.