Rev. David Pileggi spoke on the gospel reading where Jesus goes into the northern region of Caesarea Philippi, an area of darkness and paganism. It is in this area that he comes among the gentiles and he asks the question of his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” There are several models for the Messiah: militaristic, priestly, sage or anointed by the Spirit. The question for us is, “What does a messiah do?” Jesus brings great joy but he is not there for our personal self-fulfillment; he is not our personal therapist nor there to solve every problem; he is not a revolutionary; and he is more than a poet. Peter clearly and rightly answers, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the Life-Giving God.” Jesus Messiah, the Divine Son, goes beyond Israel’s expectations. To be a son is to be obedient. Divine Sonship means Jesus is Obedient and Faithful.
Readings: 2 Samuel 7:4-17, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20