Monday, February 22, 2016
Reflection: Matthew 16:13-19
Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle – Matthew 16:13-19
Matthew writes: “Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi with his disciples.” As they were walking along, Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some believe that you are John the Baptist. Others believe you are Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
Jesus was not satisfied with answers the disciples gave. He turned and looks at his disciples. Then he asked, “Who do you say that I am?” I wonder if his question surprised the disciples. It’s not surprising that Simon was the one who answered this question. Peter looked directly at Jesus and said from the depths of his soul: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Today Jesus will ask each of us this question. He will look at me and say, “Kris, who do you say that I am?” He also will look at you and ask you: “Who do you say that I am?” I wonder how we will respond to this question? Will we be silent for a time as we search our minds and hearts for the answer to Jesus’ question? Will respond to Him from the depths of our hearts and proclaim that Jesus is Christ, the Son of the Living God?