In today's Sunday Gospel (MT 16: 13-20) Jesus himself asks his disciples what do people say about him, who is he according to the opinion of others? Of course, the disciples have heard the rumors about Jesus. Jesus leaves no one indifferent. Everyone sees in Jesus something that makes him different, special, and it can only occur to them to compare him with someone from the past, someone they already know, and in the end, everyone has made a mistake, Jesus is new, Jesus is bold, in Jesus there is something completely new. Now, the question about who is He? He does it to his disciples, those who have been closest to him. They should know him better because they have direct experiences of Jesus, the disciples are the ones who have been with him, have listened to him, have accompanied him, they are the ones who have shared time with Jesus. Peter is ahead of the rest of the disciples, and as by divine inspiration, Peter can recognize the novelty in Jesus, Jesus is not one of the past, Jesus is completely different. Peter is correct in saying that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. This truth, this knowledge has been given to Peter by the Spirit of God himself, and of course the time that Peter has been with Jesus. Jesus is not a stranger. From Peter's confession of faith, Jesus will commission Peter to be the one to care for the disciples. Jesus gives Peter authority, the same authority with which He has been acting among them. Peter possesses the keys of the Church, and with these keys he can open and close the gates of heaven. Today Jesus also asks us, as he did then, who is he for each one of us? Hopefully life experience and divine inspiration allow us to make a correct confession of faith, for Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed, the One Sent by the Father, our Lord and our Redeemer. Let us uphold this truth and give our testimony as Christians before a world that often tries to confuse the truth that is in Jesus.
Fr. Carlos Flores, OSA