Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus asked very poignant questions in his time, questions that made you think. He asked Peter, “but who do you say that I am?” Really he asked him, “who am I to you? What is our relationship?”
This is similar to Native People when they meet for the first time. They want to know, “who are you or who are you related to?” This information tells a lot about oneself and also the character of one’s people. The emphasis is on who you are rather than on what do you do? What defines you?
Jesus poses the same question to you, “who do you say that I am?” The answer says a lot about who you are. Can you answer as quickly as Simon Peter, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God?” We can answer without hesitation if Jesus is truly our relative.
—Deacon Marlon Leneaugh is the Director of Native Ministries in the Diocese of Rapid City, SD.
Lord, help us to recognize you as a relative in all who we meet today.
—Deacon Marlon Leneaugh