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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

February 22nd, 2014
by
Darby Smith
Bio| Email: DarbySmith@creighton.edu

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, 
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 
Matthew 16: 13-19

The first part of this passage that seems particularly interesting and relevant is when Jesus asks his disciples “Who do you say that I am?” This is a question that I often ask myself. How do I describe Christ? Who is He in my life? To me, Jesus is a forgiver, a redeemer, a savior, a friend, and my rock, but the answer to this question is different for everyone. Challenge yourself to answer who Jesus is to you today.

The next part of this passage that always makes me think is when Jesus tells Peter that “upon this rock I will build my Church”. Jesus had such a deep trust in his disciple that he made Peter his successor. We, as Christians, are also disciples of Christ and we have become those rocks that hold up the Church. Christ depends on us to carry on the traditions of the Church and share this knowledge with others.

Without generations and generations of Christian disciples handing down the traditions and scriptures, our faith would have died out. Instead, the Catholic Tradition has stayed alive for thousands of years because people have been the foundation and fought for what they believed. Peter may have been the first one that Jesus called upon to build the Church, but it takes each and every one of us to continue it.

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