Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Matthew 16:16.
All of us wish a blessed calm death. But only a few people realize where is eternal bliss and real gratification. For a question such as this Jesus will reply that it is in my father and in his glory. If you invest your stake in earthly matters and carnal desires understand that it will not be sufficient to make you rich in heaven. If you trust in your wealth and glory or in your intelligence and education or in your health and body, how you can ensure it will last forever?
St Francis understands that God is the real reward and says ‘Jesus is everything for me’.
Our death is decided when Adam eat the prohibited fruit. Thus the short life on earth is precious. So it is important whether we recognise Jesus in his real form. Some say Jesus is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But recognising him Son of Living God is the starting point of Christian living. If this understanding starts to change our life we will not be anymore lukewarm. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16.
Sometimes we recognise him in our hardest times, because of his incredible act in favour of us as in St. John 21:7 :- Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
We will realise that we are naked in our soul and heart when we meet him. The poor state of our soul will be revealed for us. A coat is always there in these scenes. When the lost son return to his father the robe is playing a crucial role. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Luke 15:22.
It is in no doubt the robe is purification, a protection from his grace through sacraments. In fact it causes the subjects to endure more; to cast into sea and to sit with father on the feast table.
It is a notable thing that Jesus was recognised among prostitutes and tax collectors. The Pharisees didn’t recognise him. The parable in Luke 18 is good to keep in mind. The publican went down to his house justified rather than the Pharisee: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
So recognising a Christ in our life changes the status of life itself. There should be turmoil and deep frustration. We may lose our safety boat and may throw into sea. But he is able to walk on the sea.
We can find a safe place in his sacred heart. A shelter, a warm place of love. A fire burning for all human being.
So let us pray, the beautiful prayer:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me Body of Christ, save me Blood of Christ, inebriate me Water from the side of Christ, wash me Passion of Christ, strengthen me O good Jesus, hear me Within Thy wounds hide me Separated from Thee let me never be From the malicious enemy defend me In the hour of my death call me And bid me come unto Thee That I may praise Thee with Thy saints Forever and ever Amen