“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.’” (Matthew 16: 16-17)
Peter and Paul, whom we honor today, are among the best examples of what happens when we trust and listen to God. Each had moments, and plenty of them, when he relied on himself, and the results were dismal. Peter was called Satan, he denied Christ, and he often didn’t quite get it. Paul, of course, was rabid about chasing down Christians before his conversion.
And yet, they were blessed, as the scripture today states, when they heard the word revealed by our heavenly Father. They are towering figures in the development of the faith we hold dear today.
I don’t know about you, but much of the time I tend to want to be in control and to rely on my own wits, and I forget to listen to what the Father might be trying to reveal. That much I share with Peter and Paul.
My goal, and maybe yours too, is to open my heart and mind to more regularly and fully hear the revelations of God and share in that with Peter and Paul, as well.