Quotations:

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, September 12, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for September 13; Twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 8:27-35

My Reflections:
The word Christ means Messiah or Savior; Jesus wanted to validate if the disciples knew Him very well that's why He asked them: "Who do people say that I am?" However not everyone knew his true identity except for Peter who said: “You are the Christ.” Why is it that among the disciples it was only Peter who knew the real identity of Jesus? The scriptures would tell us that Peter played a significant role in the life of Jesus. He was first among the disciples; he was also in the midst of many significant events in Jesus public ministry. To name one; it was thru Peter that Jesus founded the church that we are in today.

If Jesus will ask us now the same question can we confidently say that you’re my Christ? Knowing Jesus deeply or having that intimate wisdom about Jesus is something that we can all attain. That is if we are willing to invest our time with Him. This is almost the same with our friends; before we can call them our best friend forever (bff) there’s a need to have that higher intimacy with them. Then, we can say that we know our best friend deeply.

In the process with our deep friendship with Jesus some may hate or criticize us but let us not be bothered let us continue to move-on get intimate with Jesus. There shall be hurdles I am sure of it but let us not allow it to discourage us. It is only part of our purification; as we humbly go near Jesus. Let us always remember that Jesus will never refuse someone who humbly desires His intimacy.

As we grow in faith with Jesus we also must strive to put flesh in that intimacy by our actions. As Saint James tells us in the second reading: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works can that faith save him?” (James 2:14)

When Jesus told the disciples of the sufferings and persecutions that He will pass thru Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. Jesus reprimanded Peter and said: “Get behind me, Satan; you are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Peter’s attitude at that instance is frequently our behavior too; we think that since we are already following Jesus we will not be suffering anymore.

Let us always remember that Jesus loved us so much that He suffered for us. So let us not be averse of sufferings as we follow Jesus. It is when we suffer for Jesus that we intensely feel His abiding presence in our lives. …

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