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September 24, 2021

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.

But who do you say that I am?

Place yourself in the scene.
The day draws to a close. You distributed food to 5,000 hungry souls.
Feel the exhaustion. Taste the leftover bread – if you have the energy to feed yourself.
With the night comes solitude. Listen to the quiet. See the stars.
Feel your body ease onto the ground as you prepare for sleep.
Jesus, nearby, prays alone.
You and the other disciples, in whispers and through yawns, share thoughts on the day and the miracle.

Quietly interrupting the silence, Jesus asks, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” Surely, he’s heard the rumors. You and the others share the latest theories.

“But who do you say that I am?” A different question altogether. What was stirring in Jesus’ heart and prayer that prompted him to ask this vulnerable question ? How deafening was the silence in the seconds (minutes) between the question and answer? Were you relieved Peter had the courage to field this one?

Today, Jesus asks you and me, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter is not here to bail us out. How do you respond?

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

Jesus, you go by many names.
Messiah. Savior. Christ.
Rebel. Teacher. Story-teller.
Living Bread. Light of the World. Good Shepherd.
The (Narrow) Way. The Truth. The Life.
Draw me close to you so that I may call you Friend.
Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


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September 24, 2021

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.

But who do you say that I am?

Place yourself in the scene.
The day draws to a close. You distributed food to 5,000 hungry souls.
Feel the exhaustion. Taste the leftover bread – if you have the energy to feed yourself.
With the night comes solitude. Listen to the quiet. See the stars.
Feel your body ease onto the ground as you prepare for sleep.
Jesus, nearby, prays alone.
You and the other disciples, in whispers and through yawns, share thoughts on the day and the miracle.

Quietly interrupting the silence, Jesus asks, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” Surely, he’s heard the rumors. You and the others share the latest theories.

“But who do you say that I am?” A different question altogether. What was stirring in Jesus’ heart and prayer that prompted him to ask this vulnerable question ? How deafening was the silence in the seconds (minutes) between the question and answer? Were you relieved Peter had the courage to field this one?

Today, Jesus asks you and me, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter is not here to bail us out. How do you respond?

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

Jesus, you go by many names.
Messiah. Savior. Christ.
Rebel. Teacher. Story-teller.
Living Bread. Light of the World. Good Shepherd.
The (Narrow) Way. The Truth. The Life.
Draw me close to you so that I may call you Friend.
Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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