Daily Reflection – 2/20/2020
Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”( Mark 8:27-33)
So who do you say He is?
The answer to that tells us much about where we are on the journey of faith. Is the answer more from what we hear from our pastor? Or is the answer more in terms of that which the secular society teaches us – the Republican Jesus or the Democratic Jesus or the Socialist Jesus?
Is your Jesus on a cross in your Church? Or is your Jesus your daily companion? Or is your Jesus deep inside your spirit and your life? Has he walked with you through a suffering? Has He given you courage in a period of distress and disharmony? Has He spoken to you silently as you asked for His help? Has He forgiven you of a perceived injustice? Has He forgiven you for all the times that you may have substituted the world for Him?
In truth, He is all and some of these. But He is far beyond all of these. He is our Savior. He is our God. He is the essence of where our greatness lies. Allow me to repeat that. He is the essence of where our greatness lies.
Each of us have seen or heard or perhaps even been comforted by great love. Love that was purely self-less. Love that prompted actions toward us that had no expectations of recompense. Love that was personified in the persona of another. THERE was the essence of greatness. There was a glimpse of who our Lord, our God, our Savior is.
Through sacred Scripture and tradition, God has revealed to us who Jesus is, and it is our choice and ultimately our duty to respond to this revelation with an act of faith, by choosing to believe, with the help of God’s grace, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
It’s those acts of faith that define us and our relationship to Him. It is in the very way we live our daily life. It is in the manner in which we live our very life.
Prayer of The Day
“Lord Jesus, I believe and I profess that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Take my life, my will, and all that I have, that I may be wholly yours now and forever.”
Every day, every minute, every moment of our life, we cannot do something more worthwhile than being in the mind and heart of God. So our hearts must beat his own beat, sing his own song, and whisper his own silence. But this is possible only if we know who God is in our life, his place and his role.