MATTHEW 16: 13-19 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (June 29, 2020)

After that Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, “Who do people say  the Son of Man is? They said, “For some of them, you are John the Baptist; for others Elijah, or Jeremiah, or one of the Prophets.”  Jesus asked them, “But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “ It is well for you, Simon, Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.  And now I say to you; you are Peter; and on this Rock I will build my church; and never will the powers of death overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heavens: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven.

POINTS OF REFLECTION

The world is full of trials and tribulations that even faith in God does not spare believers from their hardship of this life. It even hinders active engagement to the Father because of divided attention brought about by worldly worries. However, as Jesus said to Peter that “ It is well for you, Simon, Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.”  Jesus reminded us that to know Him is not more of man’s effort but by the grace of the Father in heaven. If you have known God by this time, it is not to anybody’s credit but instead a divine blessing that you must be thankful of.

The blessing of wisdom is a divine gift. A gift that will strengthen believers special from the rest of the people for, faithful find an invincible joy, happiness, tranquility, calmness and peace in adversities as a product of their indestructible faith in him. This is the gift that Christians, apostles, martyrs and the cloud of witnesses have on their steadfast of faith. It is this kind of faith that allows Christian community to grow in numbers throughout the year amidst too much persecution.

In totality brothers and sisters, it is not right to say that believers are free from trials and hardship of the life. Faith must be tested with trials and tribulation before God bliss us the wisdom of knowing Him. It is God alone who can reveal himself in us in perfect timing.

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