The Gospel Today
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Ernie Sican):
I asked the students in my catechism class, who is Jesus for them. They gave varied answers like he is my best friend, my big brother, my constant companion, my defender, my provider, my idol and so on. Their answers revealed the kind of relationship they have with Jesus which is based on what Jesus can do for them. They saw Jesus as someone who is ready to help them in times of need.
Jesus in today’s Gospel also asked his disciples a very important question, “Who do you say that I am?” It is a very personal question that needs a very personal response. It is important because the answer will determine the kind of relationship they have with Jesus. It will reveal how intimate their relationship with Him. It will also reveal the level of their knowledge of Jesus. Peter being the leader of the group gave a very profound answer, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”. His answer really hit the core that it won the admiration of Jesus. From then on, Jesus handed to him the task of leading the church which until now is handed down to the Pope.
Today, Jesus is also asking you the same question. What is your reply? Can you say with conviction, confidence and faith the answer of Peter? Jesus has a plan for you. He has a particular task that He wants you to accomplish. Only you and no one else can do this task. Are you ready to say yes to his invitation? The answer depends on how intimate is your relationship with Jesus. You can carry the task only if you have Jesus in your heart.
The question of Jesus can be also applied to you. Who do people say that you are? Who are you to your family? Who are you to your community? Who are you to your officemates or co-workers? Who are you to your neighbors? Who are you to your friends? What do you think will be their answer? Will the answer be unanimous or contradictory? Will they give a favorable feedback or give something that will pierce your heart? What will it be? Think about it.