Dedicated to the writings of Saint Luke.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Peter’s Confession

This is the fourth example presented by Luke of prayer in the life of Jesus. Last July 14th, in my blog, The Theme of the Feeding of the 5000, I noted that Joseph A. Grassi essentially concludes that the miracle of the bread revealed the true identity of Jesus to Peter, and only Peter, who proclaimed it as his confession. Grassi did not consider nor did I mention the role of prayer in Peter’s confession.

Once again only Luke mentions the event in the context of prayer. Luke demonstrates that the prayer of Jesus had been effective since the secret of the messianic person had been revealed to Peter. Luke also includes a saying about the imminent coming of the kingdom of God. Thus the section begins with prayer and ends with the announcement of the coming kingdom. This is the second instance, the first being the baptism of Jesus, where Luke has linked Jesus’ prayer with the kingdom of God.

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