Lectio: Peter: Cornerstone of Catholicism
The character of St. Peter is both inspiring and confounding to many of us. How could a stubborn and impulsive fisherman become the "rock" upon which Jesus would build his Church? Bringing together biblical accounts, historical evidence, Church teaching, classical art, and personal insights, Dr. Tim Gray gives a fresh perspective on Simon Peter that is immediately informative and relevant to our lives. After all, if Jesus could bring out the very best in someone like Peter, then there is hope for the rest of us.
The story of St. Peter begins with an ordinary act of trust, which changes the course of Peter's life. By deciding to follow Jesus Christ, an unknown fisherman becomes a key player in God's plan of salvation for humanity. Presented by Dr. Tim Gray.
Presenter Dr. Tim Gray takes a closer look at the town of Capernaum and Galilee, where Peter worked and lived. We'll discover the significance of that geographical area to Jesus' teaching and works, especially in light of the words of the prophet Isaiah.
Dr. Tim Gray looks at four stories in Matthew that highlight the conflict between faith and fear. Jesus upbraids and challenges Peter, and the Apostles, with the words, "Oh men of little faith!", pushing them to grow in faith and trust.
Jesus takes his Apostles to the northernmost area of the Holy Land, to Caesarea Philippi, and asks them: "Who do you say that I am?" Peter's response, and Jesus' ensuing words to Peter, reveal the identities and missions of both men. Presented by Tim Gray.
What are the "keys of the kingdom"? Why are they so important to understanding Peter's role in the Church? Dr. Tim Gray uses the Old Testament symbolism of keys to show Jesus' intentionality in using the imagery.
Lectio: Peter: Episode 6: In the Shadow of the Galilean
Dr. Tim Gray takes us on a journey with Peter from Galilee to Jerusalem. On the way, we'll see firsthand the inseparable relationship between the King and the Kingdom, and how Peter acts as a bridge between the two.
Lectio: Peter: Episode 7: Discipleship at a Distance
Peter—the "rock," the "prime minister," the man to whom the future Church has been entrusted—is tested. We will learn from his experience what it truly means to follow Christ and to seek forgiveness. Presented by Dr. Tim Gray.
It was remarkable. St. Peter, who had denied knowing Christ in a moment of fear, is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Suddenly the fisherman is the head of the Apostles, preaching boldly throughout the rest of his life and ministry.
In this session, Dr. Tim Gray shows how the life of a man named Cornelius intersects with Peter's and redirects the New Covenant in a remarkable way. Peter points the Church to an all-encompassing love—and sets the stage for the work of the Apostle Paul.
Dr. Gray discusses the importance of early Christian tradition in understanding our Catholic story, the cost of discipleship, and the role of Peter as shepherd and prophet. How can we use this knowledge of the early Church to regain our own story?