In our Gospel today St Peter makes his profession of faith in Jesus as the Christ.
True God and true man. It’s an act of faith that each of us is invited to every day. It is challenging. In the midst of our doubts, uncertainties and trials it is not always easy to find the words. Yet we need to find words. We all stumble, we all make a mess of our lives and we all need the grace of God to take the small steps along the path of faith.
Our actions often do match our words.
We can be tempted to despair. It is in that moment we really need to open ourselves to the grace of God and allow the loving kindness of God to open us up to the possibilities of faith. We need the encouragement and faith of each other too. We don’t travel alone. We need to remember this when we feel discouraged and downhearted.
A watch may have a gold chain,
but if it doesn’t tell the time it is useless.
A fruit tree may be teeming with blossoms,
but if it doesn’t produce fruit it is useless.
A lamp may be studded with diamonds,
but if it doesn’t give light it is worthless.
And a faith that doesn’t result in good works is dead.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
And the fruit of service is peace.