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Today's Gospel: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter - Matthew 16:13-19
Location, location, location.
The events of today's Gospel take place within sight of Caesarea Philippi, and I never realized there was anything to the mention of that city until a priest compared that city to our modern-day Silicon Valley. He noted that, in Jesus' time, Caesarea Philippi was a center of technology and learning.
In other words, that's where the smart people were. So when Jesus, in that place, asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" He was really asking, "Who do the smart people here say the Son of Man is?"
He then went on to contrast what the smart people said with what the disciples believed. They didn't need someone to teach them who Jesus was; they saw it and believed it for themselves. That revelation was God's gift to them, a gift they chose to accept and act upon by giving up everything to follow Jesus. Their belief in Christ changed them.
It's not so important for me to consider what the smart people think about Jesus. The big question is: who do I say that He is?
How do I show, through my words and actions, what I believe about Jesus?
Jesus, strengthen my faith in You. Help me to live as Your disciple and be changed by my faith.
Copyright 2021 Barb Szyszkiewicz
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is coming in May 2021 from Our Sunday Visitor.