“You are the Son of the Living God”, replied Peter when Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Though the spontaneous response of Peter is being revealed to him by God, Peter’s experience of Jesus made him to see things different from others. What inspired Peter to proclaim about Jesus to the people, forgive the sins of others, heal the sick and do miracles in the name of Jesus? Peter experienced Jesus not merely as a social worker fighting against injustice or speaking against the Scribes and the Pharisees but something extraordinary. Jesus was different from many people of his times, He prayed early in the morning, preached the values to people irrespective of status, healed the sick, consoled the broken hearted, raised the dead, stilled the storms, taught His disciples how to pray, urged them to grow in faith and lived in such a way that people, lawmakers and followers could say that He was the Son of God. This experience might have been the foundational experience of Peter who followed Him and committed himself in responding to Jesus’ mission.
Do people say by looking at our lives that we are followers of Jesus Christ? Do our lives show that we are mediators of Love between God and people? Do we commit ourselves like Peter and follow Jesus earnestly to partake in His mission in our broken world?