Gospel Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
"Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter said in reply,
"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus said to him in reply,
"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
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."
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Please forgive the delay in this posting. As I am still on the road, this weeks Lectio will be a little different. Lectio Divina is not meant to be a homily or a commentary on Sacred Scripture, it is a prayer of the heart. It is the encounter with Jesus. Let us 'walk with Jesus', with the disciples, we are disciples, all of us, let us listen to Jesus. The first question Jesus asks his disciples, is about who others say 'he is.' Then Jesus asks' THE QUESTION': "Who do you say that I am?" and Peter responds ..."You are the Christ." This question is 'foundational.' The point we are going to ponder prayerfully and remain with, is the response of Peter, and the response of Jesus to Peter. It is so powerful. Peter has been given a grace, to know with conviction that the Jesus is, the Son of the Living God. Jesus himself says that "flesh and blood didn't reveal this", it is a gift (this conviction). And then follows the powerful words of our Lord, ..."You are Peter...." Peter hears his name from the Son of the Living God. Now Listen, when Jesus says your name, how does it sound? When Jesus says your name, you are 'known'. Your 'identity' is made clear- in Him. When you hear Jesus say your name, everything changes. Inside your heart, it is totally different, but life, may look at the moment very much the same. Let us watch Jesus with Peter. Simon Peter is no longer known as Simon Peter, but rather he is known now as PETER and his mission is now clarified/concretized in front of the 'church' (the first disciples): "I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church." When Peter speaks out-loud, with conviction, with FAITH, who Jesus is, Peter comes to know himself in God's eyes and this moment of encounter with Christ, profoundly establishes Peter, in his mission. To look elsewhere to find our 'identity' and our mission, is a pointless and fruitless search. Only in God, will we ever come to know, who we are and what our mission is on this earth, for the very brief amount of time we are here.
Go to Jesus, Listen to Jesus, allow the words of Jesus (spoken to Peter) to resonate in your heart. Listen to THE QUESTION: "Who do you say that I am ?" and then answer Him. He will reveal to you, 'who you are in the Father's plan', Be willing to wait with a trusting heart. As Mother Teresa said, "Trust Him with blind and absolute confidence because He is Jesus."