My daily reflection and prayer.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
WHILE asking the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus proclaims the key of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is forgiveness! Why? Let’s contemplate and reflect the Gospel proclaimed to us today.
Yes, first of all, Jesus asks the disciples with a crucial question, “Who do the people say that I am and who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13). To the question, Simon gives an answer, something important and fundamental in our faith. Simon replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Verse 16)
Then, Jesus answers him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Verse 17-19).
Who is the Christ, the Son of the living God? He is the only Redeemer of the world! How does He redeem the world? It’s done by taking away the sins of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is our true Forgiver, the only One! No body else has died on the cross for saving the world, but Jesus Christ has done it!
He is not only a mighty man of God, even being compared with the greatest of the prophets, John the Baptist, Elijah, and Jeremiah, but more than all of them, He is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus is the Christ because He has died on the cross and has been resurrected on the third day. Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah, the only begotten Son who was sent from the eternal Father in heaven to redeem a fallen human race. This is the core of our faith.
Jesus is our Savior. He saves us by forgiving us from our sins. He gives the key of forgiveness to Simon Peter. We remember, someday, when Jesus said to Simon Peter on how must he forgive others. At that time, Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” Jesus said unto him, “I say not unto you, until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.” (See Matthew 18:21-22).
What does it mean to forgive until seventy times seven? It means to loose something wrong of the others endlessly. Remember the form of the Sacrament of Forgiveness.
The priest says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” It indicates that reconciliation of the penitent comes from the mercy of the Father. It shows the connection between the reconciliation of the sinners and the Paschal mystery of Christ. It stresses the role of the Holy Spirit in the forgiveness of sins.
Last but least, it underlines the ecclesial aspect of the sacrament of forgiveness. Through this sacrament, together with St. Peter, a priest uses the key of the kingdom of heaven for loosing the sinner from the powers of death!
Pope Francis writes, “God never tires of forgiving us. We are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another ‘seventy times seven’ has given us His example: He has forgiven us seventy times seven.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God is the Rock of Mountain in which we stand. His forgiveness saves us and the powers of death shall not prevail against us. He protects us from every evil and leads us not into temptation.
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist is one of the ways to come to Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. In him we are reconciled with God that the powers of death shall not prevail against us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You have died for saving us from our sins. You forgive us endlessly. We profess and believe that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. You are my Lord and my Savior who has set me free from our sins and deceptions. Make our faith stronger that the powers of death shall not prevail against us, now and forever. Amen.
SALAM TIGA JARI: Persatuan Indonesia dalam Keragaman.
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