imageThis reflection is based on Matthew 16:13-20.

In our Gospel reading, our Lord conducts an informal two-item survey of sorts among his disciples. The survey has two similar-sounding but significantly different questions.

The first question is: “Who do people say that I am?” And the second: “Who do you say that I am?”

While the first question immediately elicits responses, the second one leaves the disciples stumped and speechless–until Simon Peter blurts out his answer.