The pagan city of Caesarea Philippi forms the dramatic backdrop to Peter’s confession. As Peter discovers who Jesus is, Jesus also reveals Peter’s identity. Only God knows who you truly are and all the amazing gifts He has given you. Be open to Jesus revealing yourself to you. Ask Him, “Lord, who do You say that I am?”
Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant because she contains Jesus, who is the true Priest, the Lawgiver, and the Bread of Life. Mary shows us our true dignity. She faces off agains the huge red dragon, and she wins because God is on her side. Be faithful to God and you will win the victory too.
Jesus made the disciples sail into a storm. But Peter keeps his eyes on Jesus and he can walk on water. Elijah keeps his ears open for God and he can weather any storm. We can practice this by looking people in the eyes and trying to notice their eye color. Keeping our eyes on Jesus helps put everything in perspective. Keep listening for the voice of God you will hear: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
The disciples have just a few loaves and fish. It’s not enough to feed themselves, let alone a whole crowd. So often we come up short. We never seem to have enough time, money, or resources. Give the little you have to Jesus and He will bless it and multiply it. By yourself, you’ll never have enough. But you and Jesus — that’s more than enough.