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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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Reflection for Friday September 27, Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest, Luke 9:18-22

Gospel: Luke 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.
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My Reflection:
After Peter rightly identified Jesus as the Christ/Messiah of God, Peter received a reprimand from Jesus. But there was a reason behind the rebuke; Jesus wanted to be true to His title as the suffering/humble messiah not a warrior like conquering messiah.  

This invites us to reflect on how we carry Jesus or how we present Jesus to our fellowmen. There are some who proudly present Jesus that they eventually end up bigger than Jesus in all aspect of their life.  This they do by their eloquence, intelligence and knowledge of the bible, they increase and Jesus decreases. This is very much opposite to what Saint John the Baptist said that, He must increase; I must decrease (John 3:30).

If we want to become effective messengers of Jesus we must always bear in mind. That we must at all times be humble and be willing to suffer for our belief and discipleship for Jesus. For this is the only way that we can become effective messengers of Jesus.

How do you carry Jesus in your life? Do you carry Him with arrogance or humility?   

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