In our Gospel today we hear Jesus ask his Disciples a few questions. First: “Who do people say that I am?” What’s the word, the gossip around town?
And if Jesus stood here today and began a discussion with us, how would we answer the question of, “who do people say that I am,” here in the USA, in the Capital District, in the Parish of St. Mary’s, Crescent?
But then Jesus asks a second question, a more personal question of his Disciples: “Who do YOU say that I am?” And then we hear Peter’s answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Peter’s answer, for himself and the Disciples, declared that their relationship with Jesus was the commitment that defined their lives. For Disciples of Jesus, yesterday and today:
+ their faith, their commitment to Jesus was something that grew daily, with the grace of God.
+ their faith, their commitment to Jesus was something that became more and more evident in the life they lived each day.
+ their faith, their commitment to Jesus was something they strove to share and invite others to know and accept.
In our Scriptures today from Isaiah and Matthew we heard about keys… Keys which are a symbol of authority that grants access…
You and I may just be the KEY to another having the door to Jesus, the Way and the Truth and the Light, open for them…
The key is not the key in our pockets; the key is our lives of faith and commitment centered in Jesus, that we live every day, everywhere…
May our lives as Person, Family and Parish continue to answer the question of Jesus to us the Disciples of today: “Who do YOU say that I am?”