“Jesus replied, “ Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for man did not reveal this to you, but it came from my Father in Heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon you I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:17-18
In our reading today from the Gospel of Matthew, we read that, after the disciples tell Him what others have said about Him, Jesus questioned them directly, asking “ who do You say I am?” (v. 15b). Peter responds to Him, saying “You are The Christ ( Hebrew Messiah, Greek Anointed One), Son of the Living God.” (v. 16). No one on earth told Peter this ; quite the contrary, the teachers at the time told people the opposite. This knowledge had to come from God. Peter “got the message” that God imparted and he declared for all of them to hear.
Let us pray together : God of our lives, we thank you speaking to our minds and to our hearts, as you did so faithfully to Peter and the others. Help us to be strong, dedicated disciples for Jesus, the Anointed One, to tell our troubled world that there is hope, there is caring , there is love for all in The good News. In Jesus’ great name we pray. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie