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 Christ, 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.”
Who is this mysterious man, this Jesus?
St. Peter has decoded what nobody had gleaned yet, that Jesus is our Messiah, the Son of God. This confession of Peter, this faith, is what we all share today. It is the faith that not only built the Church but sustains each one of us.
(This passage in Matthew causes a lot of controversy and argument between Roman Catholics and non-Catholics not really about Christ, but about claims on Peter. That shouldn’t be our focus, not today for this Lent. Always, we must focus our eyes like Peter did. He was our example. We focus on Christ!)