STRUCTURE AND MISSION
Who do you say that I am? It is the question isn’t it? Notice that he didn’t ask what do I teach or what do you think of my ideas? Jesus didn’t ask anything about what he said or did – he asked his disciples about himself.
Unlike other great teachers of the world, Jesus demands that we love – not a set of teachings or ideas – but him. Thus, our faith is not simply about a set of doctrines or ideas, but about who YOU confess that Jesus is – for you?
Perhaps he is a historical figure? Perhaps a Sunday companion? Perhaps he is the one you go to when you are in need? Perhaps an inspiring teacher or activist? Perhaps a healer? Whatever you say, the question demands an answer – and it is worth reflection on.
Both Peter and Paul have their own answers. For Peter, Jesus is the Messiah. For Paul, Jesus is the fulfillment of the law. Today we are blessed to celebrate these two men who represent the two archetypes of the church: structure and mission.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:4-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19).