Gospel, Sunday, August 21, 2011

“But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?”  Matthew 16:15

     There are only two really important parts in today’s Gospel.  The first is the above quote.  Jesus has asked the disciples who the people are saying He is.  After listening to their answers, He then asks, “who do you say I am?”

     There is no more important question we can ask ourselves in our entire lives.  This one question, and our answer to it, holds the keys to our saving grace, the keys to Eternal Life.  No one else can answer this question for us.  We can choose to ignore the question, or we can deny it’s importance.  In doing so, we seal our fate.  Not answering this question is the same as getting the answer wrong!

     The second important part in today’s Gospel is Peter’s answer to Jesus.  In Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus lets Peter know the only possible way for him to answer the question in this manner was that God, The Father, had made it known to him.

     God will make His Son known to you also, but you must seek to know Him.  You must ask yourself the very same question.  You must learn all that you can about Jesus until you, like Peter, can reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  In doing so you will have the keys to Eternal Life.

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