|Peter said: You are the Son of the living God!|
Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
Today, we see Jesus casting out demons. In order to limit His effectiveness, they call Him Son of God. This was their tactic to control Jesus by getting His hearers to lose faith in Him because they would see that He was against their belief that God is one. Jesus knows that this is what the demons are about, and so He silences them. He knows that the people He is evangelizing are not ready to understand what it means for Him to be the Son of God.
Even when Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, Peter cannot bring himself to understand that for Jesus, it means going to Jerusalem to suffer and die there. We may not all have to suffer, and die physically as our Lord did, but we do need to remember that we have added the name of Christian to our own. As a result, we are called to follow Christ wherever the Spirit leads us, just as He did in today’s gospel. The folks nearby wanted Jesus to stay, but instead He kept moving to preach as He was sent to do.
Have a good day,
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne