“Who do you say that I am?”
The world we live in, is increasingly confused (and mislead) about Christianity, and who Jesus really was, this question asked by Christ is fundamental to understanding not only why we live, pray and serve the way we do, but also what life is really about, or more profoundly what life really is
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” Jn. 17:3
For if Jesus is anything but “Christ the Son of the living God” Lk. 9:20, our faith is in that which is perishable. For nothing other then the self offering of Himself on the cross can heal and change our broken and mortal lives (see 1 Pt. 1 18-19). We cannot be healed, or saved by the stuff we surround ourselves with, by good intentions and actions, or even piety. These things might help, but in truth simply distract us from having any thing close to “life”. It was only Peter, who could see Jesus as he was, through the eyes of faith. Do we have the same faith in which to see Christ, not as some teacher or spiritual/worldly rebel, but as “Emmanuel, God with us” Mt. 1:23.
Without the eyes of faith, and the affirmation that Jesus is “Son of the living God” nothing we do in our spiritual and liturgical life will ever bear fruit, and any grace we might receive will ultimately taste like ashes and dirt.
As Christ asked this question to his disciples, he asks it to us, moment by moment. Let us follow the example of Peter, and Paul, and fight the noise and distractions that the world throws at us, and to our last breath confess that He truly is the “Son of God” the redeemer of the world.
Great Vespers for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Friday 6:00pm, Divine Liturgy Saturday 10:00am