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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Friday, August 19, 2011

My Reflections for August 21 Sunday Twenty-First Sunday in OT: Matthew 16:13-20

My Reflections:
On the surface Peter seemed to be the most articulate and gifted among the apostles because he knows the true identity of Jesus. Is it by his own effort that he knows that Jesus is the Christ? Of course not! It was God who gave Peter the wisdom to know that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah.

But let us examine his life, Peter is the most prominent among the twelve apostles he was the one who told Jesus to let him walk on water towards Him (Matthew 14:28-29). He was with Jesus along with James and John during Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-10). When Jesus was about to be arrested it was Peter who defended Jesus by cutting off the ear of the soldier Malchus, (John 18:10). Peter was the first apostle to enter the empty tomb (Tumb) of Jesus, (Luke 24:12). And Peter was also the first apostle to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection, (Luke 24:34).  In other words Peter was always by the side of Jesus.       

So we can therefore conclude that being always with Jesus is an advantage. Because we get to know Him better, we become close to Him thus we develop this personal relationship with Jesus.  We must therefore find time to meet Jesus in the celebration of the Holy Mass, we must worthily and reverently receive Him during communion we must listen and have that personal dialogue with Him by reading the bible regularly.  

Let us constantly remember that there is always a blessing for those who exert effort to know Jesus deeply. Saint Peter was given the wisdom to know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God. And the grace of being the first pope of our universal church which was founded by Jesus through him.                

Do we exert effort to know Jesus deeply?

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