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Wednesday June 29th: Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul

“Who do you say I am?

Matthew 16:13-19

Apart from Simon Peter’s acknowledgement of Jesus as the “Son of the living God”, what made him worthy of “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” and being named, “the rock” and foundation of our Church?

The scripture, in a larger context, has familiarized us with Peter’s periodic vulnerability and fragility of faith, to which we can relate especially in desperate times.

But that’s just it!

Jesus was fixated on the potential in Peter, though flawed and vulnerable like ourselves, to become our Church’s bedrock solely on the basis that he correctly identified Him (Jesus).

This demonstrates God’s  gift of forgiveness and the profound power within the perpetual proclamation of Jesus as  Son of God.

In the midst of our ever-changing reality, we must harness any tendency to look to the mundane to see this power at work, for even the subtlest assertion of Jesus as the Messiah is a powerful invocation of God’s extraordinary and heavenly promise to us. Thus, throughout our journey of faithful service, consistently answer Jesus’ question:“Who do you say I am?