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Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2014

 

Readings

First Reading: JER 31:31-34

Responsorial Psalm: PS 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19

Gospel: MT 16:13-23

 

Reflection:

Most, if not all of us, are like Simon Peter in many ways. We are strong in our faith in God. We express it boldly like Peter. But at times, we falter, we stand on the way of God, we disregard God’s plans for us. And yet, even if we show how weak and vulnerable we are about our faith, God continues to trust us, to have faith in us. This is what Jesus did to Simon Peter.

When Jesus asked the disciples who He was for them, it was Simon who answered that “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus’ reply to Simon that he was blessed shows that Simon is docile to the Father, that he listens to the Father promptings. He was bold enough to confess his faith, his docility to God.  This is one of the the great strengths of Peter. Upon this  strength of faith, Jesus builds His Church. It is so strong that notPope Peter even death, nor the end of life, nor hell can prevail against.  The Church can never be destroyed because it solidly founded upon the rock of Peter’s confession of faith. And upon this strength, Jesus entrusted to him the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. What a privilege, what great trust Jesus has on Simon. Because of this he was “baptized” with a new name that speaks about this: “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church…”

And yet, Peter faltered. He did not let this trust of Jesus sink into himself that very day. He rushed into rebuking Jesus when He mentioned about His passion and death.  He goes against the will of God. His thoughts as Jesus said are thoughts of men and not of God. Worse, Jesus even called him satan. Despite the strength of Peter, he is also weak.

Now we can see clearly where his strength and his weakness come from.  His strength comes from listening to God and his weakness comes from listening to himself.

Even if Peter rushed through with expressing his weakness, the authority given to him by Jesus was not taken back.  He is still the Rock on which Jesus builds His Church even if he falters in his faith.  Jesus knew the capabilities of Peter and He knew just what to do with him and the for the Church.  Jesus trusts Peter that much.

With this perspective, let us examine ourselves.

Yes, we can say that we confess that Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer, and we can also say to ourselves that our faith is strong, but we also have weaknesses, a lot of it even. Yet God continues to have faith in us, to trust us still. Despite of our weaknesses, God never stops on bestowing His blessings upon us . This does not mean, however, that we can remain weak because anyway God still loves us. No! Like Peter, we need to rise up every time we fall. And we can only do that if like Peter, we open our hearts and minds to God, we listen to God even more attentively.

 

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