Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Thursday
Of The Eighteenth Week In Ordinary Time

Matthew 16:13-23

Who do you say that I am ?

Do we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, are we prompted by the events around us to recognise the presence of Jesus Christ, among us? With Jesus’s company, Peter matures in recognising the signs, events, understanding of parables and teachings. And when this direct and personal question is asked by Jesus, he answer’s, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”. It was Divine prompting and his own personal experience of spending time with Jesus, that helped him confess Jesus as the Anointed One”, “Messiah”, ” Christ”. This indeed needed a special calling and a personal encounter with Jesus/God, to be able to do such a correct proclamation. In the OT tradition the kings, prophets and priests were anointed with special oil for their calling, this may have been the reason that though people appreciated and followed Jesus, they still fell short to understand Him as Christ. Peter on the other hand had taken timeout from the world and invested all of himself with Jesus, and this bore fruit for him, filled with the grace of having spent time with Jesus, over the course of 3 years, he is correctly able to testify and proclaim Jesus as Son of God and also Messiah.

Are we experiencing Jesus’ presence around us? Jesus rewarded Peter and made him the head, and bestowed on him authority and power, to lead the Church, which would be soon established. Are we humble today in our dealings towards church leaders, priest and minister’s ? They are normal human beings like everyone of us, but bestowed with authority and power, like Peter, by Jesus. They fumble, but they still remain in a servant leadership position, which God has placed them with. How should you be relating with them? Holy Spirit help us to hear your voice and be able to proclaim Jesus as God’s Son and Christ, like Peter, and also recognise, respect and be humble towards the authority/leaders, you have blessed Your Church with.

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