Pope Francis, during his Sunday Mass homily, encouraged us to consider Jesus’ question to Peter when he asks “who do you say I am?” Peter, of course, responds by saying: “The Christ of God”. But what is our response?
The Pope said: “We, even we, who are apostles and servants of the Lord need to respond because the Lord asks us: ‘What do you think of me?’ He does it, eh? He does it may times!” The Pope continued, “’What do you think of me?’ says the Lord. And we cannot do that which cannot be well understood….With Jesus, we cannot speak of him as an historic figure, a figure of history. Jesus is living in front of us. The question is asked by a living person. And we have to respond from the heart…..Veneration and love for his Holy Name. Certainty that he set us on a rock – the rock of his love. And from this love we give you the answer, we give the answer. And when Jesus asks these questions – ‘Who am I for you?’ – we need to think of this: I was set on the rock of his love. He leads me. I must respond firmly on that rock and under his leadership.”
He continued, ““Who am I for you?” Jesus asks us. Sometimes we are ashamed to respond to his question, because we know that something in us is not right, we are sinners. But it is exactly at this moment that we should trust in his love and respond with that sense of truth, as Peter did on Lake Tabor: “Lord, you know everything.”
“It is exactly in the moment that we feel like sinners, the Lord loves us a lot” said the Pope.
“He is the greatest, he is the greatest!” cried the Pope. And he continued: “And when we say, from veneration and from love, secure, secure on the rock of his guidance: ‘You are the anointed one’, this will do us much good and it will make us move forward with certainty and pick up the cross daily, which is heavy at times. Let us go forward like this, with joy, and asking for this grace: grant to your people, Father, to always live in veneration and love for your Holy Name! And with the certainty that you never deprive of your guidance those whom you have set on the rock of your love!”