Gospel of Matthew 16:13-23 Reflection:
Today we reach a turning point in the Gospel when Jesus asks the apostles ‘who do people say the Son of Man is?’
We all know the story. It is Peter who speaks up and says that he is the messiah, the one who is to come into the world.
Humans are fragile beings; sometimes we believe firmly and other times we are sort of hanging in there, holding on by the skin of our teeth, not really sure where we stand on things. In this sense we are like St Peter, who more often than not said the wrong thing whenever he spoke at all.
But the main thing to remember is that it is not in getting life right that we win, it is in the struggle. When we have a decision to make and we make the right one, we are proclaiming Jesus to be the Messiah; every time we do the right thing we are taking our stand with God.
This habit of doing what is right grows into a way of life and eventually becomes our natural disposition. That is what is important; that every time we come to a moral decision we do what Jesus would have us do.
In this way we continue to say that Jesus is Lord and that we understand and see him as such in our lives. When the time comes for a real decision to be made, we shall get the grace from Jesus to do what is right, and we shall have developed the habit of responding to that grace.
Every day as we practice choosing Jesus we grow a little in faith.