In the Gospel reading, at a sort of climax of his public ministry, Jesus asked his disciples who the people thought he was. The people had varied ideas on who he was: John the Baptist or one of the prophets of old.
When asked directly who they thought he was, the impulsive Peter answered for the disciples, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Pleased with Peter's answer, Jesus promised to build his Church on Peter (or Rock), with powers to bind or unbind for the good of the people of God.
Peter's confession in Jesus as the Messiah was indeed a grace from the Father. Peter loved Jesus, though he would later betray him before simple maid servants. Repentant and confessing his love for Christ, Jesus would confirm him as head of the Church after the resurrection, "Feed my sheep." Peter and the
disciples would be further strengthened and supported by
the Holy Spirit in their work for the Church of Christ.
We believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. May we never waver in this belief and, like Peter, his fellow apostles and numerous others in the history of the Church, may we be faithful followers of Christ and missionaries of the Good News of Jesus to all.