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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul, Apostles

God doesn’t care about our knowledge, intelligence, or experience. He only wants us to believe. See in the Gospel reading for today Jesus is asking His disciples what people say about Him, who do they think He is. And most of them said that He is the prophet, maybe Elijah, maybe John the Baptist, or Jeremiah. They say that because their mind gives them those answers, and they can’t go beyond that. Their understanding of the Son of Man is based on their knowledge and the experience they have, but it’s not based on faith. That’s why they couldn’t see God in Jesus, who looked just like all of them in His human form. Yes, they admit, Jesus is a great prophet, but nothing more. However, when Jesus asked His disciples -- who do you say that I am, Peter replied: “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.” Peter’s knowledge of Jesus was based on a deep faith in God’s promises. He knew that Jesus was more than a prophet, much more than only human -- He is the son of living God. We may gain all the knowledge of the scriptures, theology, the law, and the church’s teachings. However, the key to meeting the Living God is our faith, not knowledge nor understanding.

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