It is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn” (I have given over to God’s heart and mind):
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 16:13-20:
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:
Even if He tosses me into the sea,
The Lord still lives upon the high seas,
He has shared my life with me,
therefore I will not be drowned in them.
If the waves already seize me
and their fury rushes with me to the abyss,
He only means to try me,
whether I will think about Jonah,
whether like Peter I will direct my mind to Him.
He means to make me strong in faith,
He will watch over my soul
and my will,
which always wavers and weakens
in His goodness
and resembles nothing like constancy,
accustom to stand firm.
My foot shall firmly,
until the day of its last rest,
plant itself here on this rock.
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.