(Mt 16: 13-19)
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
There are levels of knowing the person. The lever gets higher a people share more and more in each other’s life. This process of knowing takes time. Jesus, after having some time with His apostles and doing His public ministry wants to validate how people perceive Him. He turned to His apostle for information. Who do people say He is in front of all that He has done already. The answers were varied. They could not put their finger exactly as to His person. One thing clear is that they know He is not an ordinary man. And then the surprise question, who do His followers think He is. That day both Jesus and disciples were mutually surprised. The disciples because Jesus forced them to disclose their heart relative to Him, and Jesus because the disciples have such deep insights into His personhood.
Daily Gospel 2017