Having our loins girded, therefore,
with faith and the performance of good works,
let us walk in His paths
by the guidance of the Gospel,
that we may deserve to see Him
who has called us to His kingdom.
From a solid rock, Peter is transformed into a stone of scandal, because instead of the voice of the Father, human thinking starts to prevail once more.
God’s gift and Peter’s faith create communion between heaven and earth: if the Church acts trusting in God, God will act in the community.
Matthew presents Jesus to us as “the one who answers” to the Father. Even in the humble faith of the Canaanite she discerns the will of the Father and responds to it.
Doubting faith is a distraction: it sees the wind and no longer the Lord. True faith is a hand that grasps the hand of the Lord.
To the hatred of those who, like Herod, take away lives, Jesus responds with the love of those who give the bread of life. It is this love that really satisfies us.