Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34; 2Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19
Our first reading presents us with the release of St Peter from prison before Herod could put him to death. Through the prayers of the early Christian community he was led to safety by an angel. We can equally pray for breakthrough for our spiritual and temporal leaders and with God by our side as the second reading says we shall find strength and guide. In the gospel, we read about Peter’s great profession of faith in which he says that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. In response, Jesus makes Peter the head of the Church with authority and the devil will not prevail against it. Therefore, we should be faithful to God for God is always with us. Again, it is a reminder that those who see themselves as ordinary can become heroes’ of the faith.