O Jesus, You are the Messiah, the son of God.
Picture Jesus with Peter and the apostles.
Who is Jesus Christ? Many people still do not know. Peter, by a divine revelation of the Father, answers that question. Jesus calls him “Peter” (meaning rock) and makes him the foundation of his Church. This part of Matthew’s gospel focuses on Jesus forming his Church.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Jesus wants to reveal his identity. So, he begins the questioning.
- Peter has the right answer and can think of nothing else to say.
- By the light of a heavenly revelation, Peter says words far beyond his own understanding.
- Peter can now receive a greater power – the Keys of the Kingdom.
- Jesus will build his Church and uses Peter as his foundation.
- The Church on earth has all the powers of heaven.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, you ask me the same question, “Who do you say I am?”
- “You are the Christ,” I exclaim and you call me “blessed.”
- O Jesus, may your Spirit reveal the Kingdom.
- Give me your power and I will serve others.
- Enlighten me by inner revelation. Show me the Kingdom’s mysteries.
- With your powers, I can touch even heaven.
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will seek to know Jesus.
+ I will ask God to reveal my task in his Church.