Pondering for Saturday, January 18, 2020

Today we remember the Confession of the Apostle Simon Peter

Eucharistic Readings for the Confession of St Peter 
Acts 4:8-13Psalm 23; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

The above reading was Peter’s outburst to Jesus asking his followers “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter, in his normal quick responsive self speaks for the group.  Our Lord Jesus responded to Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)

Maybe this is why our Lord Jesus picked fishermen in the first place. He didn’t want people who studied the paradigm ways of thinking.  He wanted people who were totally dependent on enlightenment from God.

This is very significant for us too.  We do not achieve knowledge about God, it is not earned. We are to live lives of faith following where Jesus leads as Peter and the others did and in God’s own time, God will grace us too with small gifts of understanding only as we can handle it.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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