Sunday Reflection

Sunday Reflection from Father Anthony

Sunday September 16th, 2018

Jesus in today's gospel reading is asking his disciples a fundamental question about his identity! "Who do the people say that I am?' This was such a daring question on the side of Jesus because he wanted to know the truth from his very own! And the answers were varying! They replied "John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets!" When they thought it was over, Jesus puts the same question to them. "But who do you say that I am?"  Peter said in reply," You are the Christ!" This is the question that should come to us everyday and hopefully we are able to give the right answer.
Peter's answer was great because it best described who Jesus is! Jesus is God, Jesus is Son of God and Jesus is Savior! Having learned  and professed who Jesus is, this is a big step for the disciples, he confides in them his purpose and the outcome of  his ministry in the future. At the moment this was the truth which not everyone was ready for, so he asks them to keep it to themselves. But Jesus is so glad that his disciples know who is. Later Peter tried to reject the suffering and death that Jesus would face but Jesus rebukes him! This means that to be true followers of Christ, we have to follow the way of the cross! May we who have known Christ to be the savior, always make that firm commitment to be his disciples everyday!