From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’.

Today’s Feast, which symbolises the authority of St Peter and his successors, dates back at least to the third century. Saint Jerome once wrote: ‘I follow no leader save Christ, so I enter into communion with your holiness, that is, with the Chair of Peter, for this I know is the rock upon which the Church is built’.

May we know ourselves as firm upon that rock; may St Peter pray for us in our own challenges, and God bless you abundantly this day.