I am” one has to have a personal experience of Jesus. He does not want a reporting or hearsay but an answer borne out of a personal and deeper experience of him in one’s life. It is important to notice that the one who is made the rock on which the Church is to be built, cannot rely on some-body’s experience of Jesus. It is also equally important to see that the keys of the kingdom are not given to anybody but the one who commits oneself totally and unconditionally to Jesus Christ. Peter was for all practical purpose a timid and cowardly person. He even denied Jesus. And yet once he received the Holy Spirit of the Lord, he proclaimed, “I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!” (Acts 3: 6).
It is for sure that with all the silver and gold in the world, the lame man could not have walked! The man was not even asking for a cure but something that will help him to manage his day. Peter’s profession of faith in Jesus Christ opens for him a greater participation in the mission of Christ. Jesus says to Peter: “Blessed are you Simon Bar Jonah...And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.” Two Sundays ago, we heard about the attempt of Peter to walk on the water. When he failed in that attempt of his, Jesus reprimands him saying: “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt 14:31). But today, the scolding is changed to praise. Peter opens his heart to the divine revelation