The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity 23 08 20
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus is going about in his mission, preaching, teaching, healing and people are hearing, seeing and experiencing things which they have never seen or experienced before.
There comes a moment, Jesus would like to make an assessment of the impression that he is making. It was a kind of evaluation of his work.
Who do people say that I am? The disciples answer – ‘Some say that you are John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ It is quite surprising that having seen him and experienced his power and glory the people were only able to see Jesus as an ancient prophet who has come back to life.
Then Jesus goes on to ask his disciples who were his friends and constant companions, who do you say that I am. Peter responds ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus rejoices that God has revealed this truth to Peter. Jesus proclaims on this rock I will build the church.
If Jesus had to ask us this question to us what will we like to say?
I am sure we will say what Peter said you are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. We could also add and say Jesus you are our Messiah, our saviour and shepherd, our friend, the Son of the living God who is with us as our constant companion. We adore you, we worship you and we will always be with you and serve you.