“You are the Christ”
The entirety of the Christian Life can be summed up in this passage from the Gospel today. When God reveals Himself and offers Himself as a gift we are to respond with faith. We see this as far back as Abraham obeys God to the point that he will sacrifice his own son and we see this with Mary and we continue to see that faith that is displayed so courageously through the saints and especially in the martyrs. Throughout salvation history God reveals Himself and man is called to respond in faith. St. Peter is one of the first to do just that as he replies so simply, yet so profoundly, “You are the Christ,” setting him on the path of true discipleship. We all have obstacles along that path. Here we see St. Peter turned from that path almost immediately by the thought of Jesus’ suffering, but Jesus tells Peter and the rest that its in suffering that we can really follow Christ. That suffering comes in many ways – but whatever way it comes, part of that suffering involves denying ourselves – allowing our egos to die, so that we might better follow and serve Christ. May God give us the grace we need to do this well.
Peace. – Fr. Jason.