The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: Exodus 1.8-2.10; Psalm 124; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20
Our gospel reading for this week forms something of a hinge in Matthew’s gospel. Central to the story is Jesus targeted question: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Salvation turns on the disciples’s answer. New directions open. Fresh paths are cut.
There can be a lot packed into a question.
We do well to draw this particular question out of history and squarely into our present. As much hinges on your answer as on the disciple’s. Your answer profoundly effects your life – past, present, future. Recognising Jesus as ‘the Son of the living God’ enacts God’s radical forgiveness over all your have done, invites the Spirit to oversee your life now, promises God’s eternal future to you.
In short, Jesus’ rescue plan is enacted – or not – by your honest answer to this vital question. A lot is at stake.
So, who do you say Jesus is?
Our worship together will be at St Barnabas from 9:00am and at St Michael’s from 11:00am. All are welcome at either service.