This 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, as usual, blurts out his answer.