What is the Catholic point of view on why Jesus uses the word “gates” in Matthew 16:18?
I know in general what we, as Catholics, believe the verse is saying regarding the Church. But, I am wondering why Jesus chose the word “gates”, and not simply “satan”, or “evil”… or even, “nothing passing through the gates of hell”.
How do the gates, themselves, figure into it? Gates are structures… they don’t fight. It seems to me that a gate would only “prevail” against someone who is pushing against it. In what sense is Christ’s Church pushing against the gates of hell, and how does it tie into our beliefs regarding the meaning of Matthew 16:18?