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Surely Jesus knew what was in St. Peter's heart, knew before he spoke that it would be upon him that he
would build the Church. Yet our faith is about public profession, so in a sense it was essential that Peter
profess his faith openly and before others so that Christ could then act to institute the Church. "If you confess
with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved."
It is easy to publicly profess our faith before other believers during liturgical worship on Sundays. But our
willingness to publicly profess Jesus Christ before others through our words, actions, attitude and disposition
becomes much more difficult when out among unbelievers in the workplace each day. This becomes especially
hard when one is friends with them and is unwilling to risk loss of friendship or communion through too rigorous
a profession. Yet even should it leave us isolated we must remain true to Christ and to ourselves. "And I tell
you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels
of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12.8-9)
Ours is a public faith, a communal faith. Our communion with Christ is at once public and personal. Christ
will publicly acknowledge us before the entire heavenly court of untold trillions of angels, after which we will
then, by virtue of that act, share personal and intimate communion with each of them, but none so great as that
of our dear guardian angels.