Let kings and prophets yield their name
to Jesus, true Anointed One,
for whom a nation looked in hope
yet failed to see that God had done
a strange and unexpected thing:
God sent a servant, not a king.
But God reveals to searching faith
the truths that pious dogmas hide:
when Jesus asked the twelve his name,
blunt Peter stepped forth and replied
in words that seemed both right and odd:
"You are Messiah, Son of God."
Give us, O God, the grace to know
the limits of our certainty:
help us, like Peter, to declare
the still-unfolding mystery
of One who reigns though sacrificed,
our Lamb and Shepherd, Jesus Christ.