I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday: August 31, Matthew 16:21-27

My Reflections:
When Jesus told His disciples that He will suffer greatly and be killed, Peter rebuked Him and said: “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” What was in Peter’s mind when he said it? Perhaps, Peter thought that Jesus was already immune from sufferings because He was God and He can do anything to avoid such sufferings.

Like Peter, sometimes this is also our mindset; we think that we are already immune from sufferings because we already know Jesus as our savior, because we already attend Mass read the bible and do good things to our fellowmen. Then, we are already immune form sufferings? From carrying our own cross?

But the testing of our faith is in suffering and in carrying our own cross, we will not fully comprehend who really is God if we will not suffer in our discipleship. Let us remember that Gold is tested by intense fire and before a diamond becomes a gem it first goes through a lot of cutting and refining. Our faith too is tested by constant refining and the fire of sufferings.

Therefore, let us not wonder if we suffer, let us not question God if we have failures in our lives. Instead, let us remain steadfast in our faith, the more that we suffer the stronger that we should cling to Him. The more failures we have the more hopeful we should become that God will eventually rescue us.

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