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September 25, 2020

Lk 9: 18-22 

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Coming to know Christ

“Who do you say that I am?”

This is the question Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel. I would say it is the question that opens the door to a personal relationship with Christ. Yes, we know about Jesus from Scripture. We have experienced God’s touch through the sacraments. We know who our community says Jesus is through the way those around us talk about Jesus and the way we worship. All of that information is important as we come to know Christ. But Jesus doesn’t ask his friends, “What have you heard about me?” or even, “What do you know about me?” He asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter owns what he knows in his heart, through this relationship that goes beyond information. Once Peter has recognized this deeper knowledge, Jesus shares what his identity means and where it will lead.

Molly Mattingly is the Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s Parish and Creighton University Campus Ministry.

 

Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

—Thomas Merton


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September 25, 2020

Lk 9: 18-22 

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Coming to know Christ

“Who do you say that I am?”

This is the question Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel. I would say it is the question that opens the door to a personal relationship with Christ. Yes, we know about Jesus from Scripture. We have experienced God’s touch through the sacraments. We know who our community says Jesus is through the way those around us talk about Jesus and the way we worship. All of that information is important as we come to know Christ. But Jesus doesn’t ask his friends, “What have you heard about me?” or even, “What do you know about me?” He asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter owns what he knows in his heart, through this relationship that goes beyond information. Once Peter has recognized this deeper knowledge, Jesus shares what his identity means and where it will lead.

Molly Mattingly is the Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s Parish and Creighton University Campus Ministry.

 

Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

—Thomas Merton


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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