On August 27th, we’ll hear Jesus ask a terribly important question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples respond, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Jesus hears this and asks Peter and all of us perhaps one of the most profound questions each of us must grapple with and answer over time, “But who do you say that I am?” How we answer that question makes all the difference in the world as it did for Peter. Peter’s response to the Lord is, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter’s insight through the grace of God changes his life forever. With his response, Jesus entrusts Peter with a great deal of responsibility. It is to Peter that the keys of the Kingdom of God are given. When we acknowledge that Jesus truly is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one of God, then we too share in an awesome responsibility as did Peter. In naming Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we take on the responsibility of showing to others how we can make this a profession of faith. This profession of faith is best witnessed by the names we call one another.
As we gather to celebrate the Eucharist this August, we come together as a grateful people with the knowledge that Jesus has claimed us as his very own. With the sacrament of the breaking of bread we proclaim that Jesus is Lord…and this makes all the difference in the world.