In that time: Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
There’s a lot you can take out of this passage of scripture.
Jesus and his disciples have come to a place where the god, Pan, is worshiped in a grotto (yup, picture above, according to the googles). Pan, the god of sheep and shepherds.
He asks His disciples who people think He is.
Everyone answers the safe answers. I wonder in reading this passage if the disciples knew what Peter knew, and simply were too afraid to be the first to answer?
Then Peter speaks up. He says, “You are The Christ.”
Jesus says this has given Peter three things: He calls him a rock, and tell him that He will build His church upon that rock; second, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Finally, He gives to him the keys of heaven: what he binds on earth, what he looses on earth, shall likewise be loosened or bound in heaven.
This is a big moment!
In trusting Truth and acting in the courage of that Truth, we are part of a community of people who believe Truth. That Satan cannot win against that Truth, no matter how hard he may try to convince us otherwise. And the keys to this truth are that what we do in this life is reflected in the next life, or in the next life that we encounter.
What is that Truth?
Where there is Charity, where there is Mercy, where there is Love, God is there. Where there is stillness, where there is quiet, where there is an ear and a heart that listens, God speaks.
This scripture gives us a simple outline of how to achieve Divine Intimacy, should we follow the path.