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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection February 16, 2017

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
Mark 8:27-33
Friends, today’s Gospel reports Peter’s confession of faith. In the midst of his disciples, Jesus asks that strange question: “Who do people say that I am?” What he gets by way of response is, first, a public opinion survey: some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

Then Jesus turns to those closest to him, and he asks them, “But who do you say that I am?” They are silent, afraid, unwilling to speak. Finally it is Peter who says: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And he gets it right. Does he get it right because he is the most intelligent? Please. Because he is holy and close to Jesus? No. We know the whole story of Peter’s weakness, which is marked by betrayal and stupidity.

Jesus explains why Peter got it right: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” It couldn’t be stated more simply and directly. It is the Father who has given Peter this insight—not Peter’s clever mind or searching heart. It is a supernatural gift, a special charism. And it is upon Peter and this inspired confession that the Church is built.

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