Daily Reflection for Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Peter 5: 1-4
Responsorial: Psalm 23: 1-3A, 4, 5, 6
Gospel: Matthew 16: 13-19
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15.
Today’s reading from Psalm 23 reminds us that the Lord guides us to calm waters and right paths. The Lord is our shepherd. Jesus is our guide and tells us, “Come, and follow me,” and we can find peace.
In the Gospel reading today, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Why does that matter? They are descendants of Abraham, living their Jewish faith and traditions passed down to them through many generations.
When Simon answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” Jesus says, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Heavenly Father.” Jesus clarified that he wants a personal, heartfelt relationship with his followers, deeper than religious traditions passed on through the generations. Jesus then gives Simon the new name of Peter, the rock upon which the Church will be built.
The question from Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” is one we all need to answer individually, and from the heart. It is personal. Jesus is asking, “Who am I to you, Al? What do I mean to you?” Jesus wants my answer. He wants your answer.
My answer would be something like, “You are God. You are the perfect example of love, nonviolence, and peace. You have taught me to forgive and to love—even my enemies. You have guided me, carried me, and I want to be a better follower of you.”
Who is Jesus to you? What does Jesus mean to you? These are important questions for all of us to answer. Can I claim to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus, if I haven’t answered that question?
When Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” how do you respond?
Peace and blessings,