– Saints Peter and Paul –
‘When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”’ [Matthew 16:13-16]
Let’s put ourselves in the disciples’ place and imagine that Jesus asks us, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
I did a quick survey, looking at answering these questions through the lens of our society in 2022.
“People say Jesus is made up.”
“People say the world’s noise appears louder and more urgent, and many have not had the opportunity to know Jesus.”
“People say Jesus is a Historical Figure who inspired many people but are no longer relevant.”
“People say Jesus is a tyrant, messing with humans for fun.”
It can be difficult to defend someone against a society with such strong and almost hateful opinions
Jesus’ second question in the scripture today asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
Perhaps we can spend time in prayer this morning answering this question out loud to Jesus. Telling him exactly who he is to us, asking him to strengthen our faith in times of disunity with society, especially friends and family for whom we care about the most.
We also pray for our Pope, all church leaders and each other that our answer to your question, Jesus, would be as resounding as St Peter’s answer, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
by Emma Fradd
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