Who Do You Say That I Am? By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Good morning Holy Angels,

Peter’s answer makes sense. He and his brother, Andrew, had already made considerable sacrifice to follow Jesus. They had left their thriving fishing business and the security of their Galilean home in response to Jesus invitation, “Come, follow me.” They had staked their very lives on the assumption that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, the one who would restore the fortunes of Israel and save the people.

Everything they had seen up to this point would indicate that their sacrifices were a good investment. Evidences of the reign of God abounded in the life and work of Jesus. They had watched with excitement as Jesus cast out demons, healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, taught with authority, calmed the storm, raised a young girl to life, fed the multitude, walked on the water, opened the eyes of the blind, made the deaf to hear. These were only the foretaste of the coming end of suffering, poverty and oppression of every kind.

When Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter’s answer seemed obvious: “You are the Christ, Son of the living God.”

This particular passage is difficult to approach without prejudice. It is the foundation of the position of the pope and the Church. It is taken by the Roman Catholic Church to mean that Peter was given authority by Christ to be the Bishop of Rome and the head of the Church, and that his successors have that power as well.

Nevertheless, our knowledge of Jesus must never be second hand. Jesus, not only asks Peter, he asks every one of us: “Who do you say that I am?”

Christ’s peace,
Fr. Drew