A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 16:13-19
13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 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.
18 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.
Reflection: You are Christ, the son of the living God
Who do say that the Son of Man is?
When Peter gave an answer to this question that He is the Christ, Jesus congratulated Him as blessed because His heavenly Father revealed such an awesome knowledge to him.
Today, this is a question that is directed to you and me. Yes, we may have heard about Jesus from many sources. Personally, do we really know who He is in our own life?
Unless the Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit reveals the answer to us, we may just utter some dry definitions of Jesus that we heard from books or from school. For it is only when we have a personal relationship with the divine that we can give a heart-felt answer to the profound question.
Of course, our definitions may be theologically correct but what is important is our experience of the saving power of the Lord in our life. Only when we have that intimate bond with Him can we truly say who the Son of Man is. This knowledge of Him is a gift from above. When we receive it, we become a living witness of and for the Church that is His Body and the gates of Hell can never prevail against us.
May we grow and be blessed in divine knowledge by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the answer to many questions in our life. Amen.
See also: Mark 8:27-35 Reflection
See also: Matthew 16:13-23 Reflection