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Gospel Reflection for 21st Sunday OT 2011

posted Aug 18, 2011, 5:35 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


Peter’s profession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” is the very rock upon which the Church has been solidly, strongly established by Jesus Himself.

Peter is singled out as someone who receives an inner revelation of who Jesus really is.  And by professing this revelation would mean not only to make Jesus known and proclaimed as the “Anointed One,” but more so to lay down the core of the unbroken link of and among people:  “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Being the Christ, for Jesus, is not to parade His divine might and power but to put flesh on God’s desire to fashion humanity to be one and united family.  The drastic move He takes is to get into the deepest common human reality of being weak and wounded.  For those who are in need to be loosened, Jesus as the Christ chooses to be bound.  For those who are bound, Jesus as the Christ chooses to be chastised on their behalf.  Being the Christ, for Jesus, is to parade that the weak and wounded are made strong and healed by closely linking Himself with their wounds and pains.

Linking Jesus as “Christos” with the human wounds and pains culminates on the cross.  There, He is fashioned into being the only “key” which is entrusted to Peter and opens wide the gate that leads to the formation of one and united human family, the Church.

Calling Jesus as the Christ is but to make us aware that we are one and made united by our common mark of being wounded and bound by sin and yet all healed by His passion and death.   It is in such unity that we can profoundly profess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Amen.

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