Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 9: 18-22
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
KNOWING WHO IS JESUS IN OUR LIFE: Jesus have been going to pray in solitude, and at this moment He questions his disciples on His identity. The first is related to the crowds, who is Jesus for the crowds, what do they say? The reply is clear for the crowd: John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets. Then He directs this question to them. At this Peter asserts that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God. Many of the followers of Jesus did not know Him. What about us? We call ourselves Christians but do we understand the meaning of being Christian? Christianity is not about a name, but a way of life. The way we live with oneself and with others in the community, identifies us with Christ. Our actions should be our identity as Christians. Let us proclaim Jesus in our life, despite the sufferings that face.
PRAYER: Father, open our heart to proclaim Jesus at all times.
KNOWING JESUS CHRIST: Our Religion is not only reciting prayers, but it means knowing Jesus fully with all your heart. Unless one experiences Jesus Christ personally, it is difficult to commit to him. Jesus loves to see that we know who truly he is. St. Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’ (2 Tim 1:12). We might have known Him through books or classes of catechism, but He invites each one of us to know Him personally. We can know Him through deep communication with Him in prayer. We can know Him through listening to His Words and practicing them in our day today lives. Our experience of Jesus will lead us also to say like St. Paul: “it is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”