Reflections - August 27, 2017

“But, who do you say that I am?”  Mt. 16:15.
In this week’s Gospel Jesus asks His disciples what they know about Him and then later, through Peter, entrusts them to build His Holy Church.
I would like to dwell briefly on this phrase that Jesus said:  “Who do you say that I am?”
I do not know why, but I imagine the Lord in one of our malls or in our churches asking this question by way of a survey.  In Peter’s case, he responded by what the people believed and were hoping for:  “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets”. 
Yet Jesus makes a personal question, “a question that compromises the life and the salvation of human beings”.  Peter that “bows to the light of the Holy Spirit” gives the response, so that the Glory of God will manifest itself:  “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”.  If the Lord would ask you:  “Who do you say that I am”, what would you respond through your faith experience?
Maybe some would answer:  “Jesus was a good man…but I will not commit myself”.  Others might say:  “He was a leader for rights…”, but can do without His style of living “to love your enemy, deny oneself and take up the cross”.  Still others will give an even sadder response answering “with indifference”, as the book of Revelations says:  “Neither cold nor hot, I wish you were either cold or hot”. Rv 3:15.  Some will respond with an infant catechism received many years ago but seems “small” at present, as Mons. Roman would say “for a body and soul of an adult”.  An adult with challenges and psychological wounds that have left very deep traces over the years and now look for answers of adult faith for spiritual healing.
For simple people, “He is the Christ, the Son of the living God”.  These are husbands and wives, the religious, the youth, people who attend Alcoholics Anonymous, single mothers….people who perhaps do not come out in any media outlet because “they are not news”, but who have recognized, “with deep wisdom and Christian humility”, the way of God.  They have recognized that everything comes from God…..”For from him and through him and for him are all things”.  Rom 11:36.
Let us say to the Lord as we receive the Eucharist:  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”.  And together with Peter and his apostles let us unite with the Church to evangelize and carry a message of hope and of salvation reflecting what the Lord has done in our lives.