Reflection: God's Answer
Today is the feast of The Chair of the Apostle Peter.
Today's reflection is by Barbara Brown Taylor as found in Give Us this Day, February 2021.
About all that can be said in Peter's favor is that he is willing to go first, to speak his mind, and that every time he falls down he gets back up again, brushes himself off, and charges ahead. While the other disciples hang back for fear of giving the wrong answer, Peter risks his own answer, which, lo and behold, turns out to be God's answer, and sweet music to Jesus' ear.
" Jesus says to him, making a pun in his native tongue, "and on this
I will build my church." It is the same word he uses twice, the masculine and then the feminine form of the word for "rock," but there is a subtle difference between the two.
-- the name Jesus gives Peter -- means a stone or a pebble, a small piece of a larger rock, while
means a boulder, a mother lode, a great big rock. So that makes Peter a chip off the old block, a piece of the rock, against which the powers of death shall not prevail.
It is nothing that he is or says or does all by himself that wins him the keys to the kingdom. He is blessed because his answer is God's answer, and he is a rock because he is a chunk off the Rock of Ages, and it is on this
that the church is built, not on any virtue of Peter's -- or yours, or mine. Peter is chosen, but not because the right answer has occurred to him. On the contrary, the right answer has occurred to him because he is chosen, because Jesus in his unsearchable wisdom, his inscrutable way, decided to pick a bullheaded, bighearted, fallible, stubborn, never-say-die rock upon which to build his church.
on Monday, February 22 at 12:00AM