Peter (Red)

Peter, one of the twelve apostles, was originally named Simon.  Jesus gave him the name Peter, meaning ‘rock’.  Matthew 16 v. 13-20 gives the story of his renaming.  In this Peter says to Jesus ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’  Jesus recognised Peter’s faith and wisdom.  Peter was a fisherman on the Lake of Galilee and he was called with his brother Andrew to follow Jesus.  Peter became the leader and spokesman for the disciples, although his faith often wavered.  After Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter led the Christian community for fifteen years and was given the title of the first Bishop of Rome and his tomb is reputed to be below the high alter of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.