Here’s an imaged conversation between Our Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary shortly after Peter’s Confession in Matthew 16:13-20.
Mary: Good Evening, Son. How did your preaching go today? Did those Pharisees change their attitude about you yet?
Jesus: No. This still cling to their rigid judgment. Today, I asked them [the Apostles] who they thought I was. Elijah? John the Baptist? A new prophet?
Those were common answers given by the public. I told them I did not what others thought, but what they thought.
Can you guess who answered my question Mother?”
Mary: Was it that bold and ambitious fisherman? Simon is his name, right?
Jesus: You say so and it is true. Simon recognized me as the “Messiah, Son of the living God.” His name is now changed to Peter meaning “rock”.
I also entrusted to him authority to lead my disciples.
Mary: Do they know?
Jesus: That I must suffer, die, and be raised on the third day? Yes. Peter’s rashness surfaced again. His great passion and love for his teacher made him overprotective of me.
I directly called out his actions as that of the Adversary.
Mary: Though I know your suffering will be a great pain for me, I trust in the will of God.
Jesus: I know. Mother you are most holy.
The Advocate will guide Peter, John, James and the rest once I go back to The Father.
Help Peter in his mission. Be a consolation for him when he experiences distress.
Mary: Yes, my Son. Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord. May it be done according to your word.
Jesus: You are indeed most blessed among all women!
I am hungry from the day’s walk. I brought home fish for dinner. Do you want to start the grill fire or should I cook?
Mary: Let’s cook together. You work is mine and mine is yours.
[Mary and Jesus end their day with a tasty meal followed by praying the Scriptures before they go to sleep to prepare for another day telling the Good News.]