How Did Peter Know?
First Sunday in Ordinary Week
I will make a special effort in prayer to come to know Christ better.
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Jesus went into
the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man
is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one
of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are
the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of
Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you,
you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail
against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will
be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Then he sternly
ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Lord, I come to you again in prayer. Even though I cannot see you, I know through
faith that you are present in my life. I hope in your promise to be with me. I love you, and I know
you love me. Accept this prayer as a token of my love. Help me to know you for who you really are
and understand the spiritual truths you present to me in the Gospel.
Jesus, grant me an experiential knowledge of you.
1. Many People Say Many
When Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” he receives
many answers. Everyone has their his own opinion. Perhaps they are satisfied that their opinions are
correct and so have stopped seeking; perhaps they are too lazy to pursue the truth any deeper. It is
easy to say something, to throw toss out an answer, to draw a superficial conclusion. I We must be
careful not to come to a hurried conclusion or be satisfied with what might only be apparently be
true. Many people say many things about Christ. I We must have the tenacity to pursue the profound
truth about who he is.
2. How Did Peter Know?
How did Peter know that Christ was
the Messiah, the Son of the living God? Peter does did not say, “The heavenly Father told me that
you are the Messiah.” He is was probably not even aware that the Father has been working in him.
Peter has has been traveling with Christ, hearing him speak and seeing him work miracles. He has
reflectededs on all this and beganins to perceive that Christ is much more than just a brilliant
teacher. Peter beganins to see Christ for who he truly is. In the same way God works in my our mind
and heart, helping me us to see clearly the truth of supernatural things. I We may not even be aware
that the heavenly Father is present, but when I we sincerely strive to know Christ and am are open
to the action of God’s grace in my our soul, I we, too, come to know Christ for who he really
Peter’s openness to the action of God’s grace, and his
recognition of Christ as God, brings with it them a responsibility – Peter is given the keys of the
Kingdom. He is given the task of shepherding and building up the Church. Like Peter, my recognition
of Christ comes with a responsibility. God gives me the gift of faith and along with it a the
responsibility to spread his Gospel. I must take this responsibility seriously. I need to make sure
that the good news of the kingdom is proclaimed to all mankind.
Lord, you know my weakness and the difficulties I have in prayer. PLord, please help
me to delve deep into the truth about who you are and. Help me not to to be satisfied with simply
having some vague idea. I want to know you intimately, the same way St. Peter and many holy saints
have known you. Grant me this grace not just for my sake, but also for the sake offor all those
souls with whom I will come into contact.
I will make a special effort
in prayer to come to know Christ better.
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