Seven Pages/Seven Days
Day 4 - Peter's Confession - Matthew 16: 13-20
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 Messiah, 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." Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.
The question Jesus asks his disciples is a question he stills asks us, "Who do you say that I am?" We must answer him. The Martyrs of Chalcedon whose feast it is answered with their lives, as Christians around the world still do today. And as Peter did, we may find that our answer opens up a whole life of grace and wonder to us. Scott Salvato - Director of Campus Ministries - Molloy College
Saint of the Day: Martyrs of Chalcedon
A group of forty-nine Christians slain in Chalcedon during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. Records indicate that the martyrs were members of the choir in the church of Chalcedon.
Peter's Confession, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.