Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time : The Keys of the Kingdom

Gospel Reading : Matthew 16:18-19

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Lord, I thank You for the gift of Your glorious Catholic Church!
I pray that I may always be faithful to all that You reveal through Your Church and I pray that the leaders of Your Church, especially the pope, will always seek to grow daily in holiness of life.
Jesus, I trust in You.