“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,.” Matthew 16:18

Encounters with Jesus in the New Testament were life-changing in so many ways. This scene from Matthew’s gospel stands out as a cosmic event that has prevailed throughout the centuries. Catholics point to this passage as a clear indication that Jesus commissioned a trusted friend to lead the community of believers, That person was a man named Simon whose name he changed to Peter, “the rock,” who became our first pope (papa, father).