Posted by: livingscripture | September 24, 2010

Twenty Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 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.

                                                                  Luke 9: 22                  

 How should we live this Word

 The central theme in today’s Gospel continues to be Jesus’ identity.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter responds to Jesus’ question, “The Christ, the Son of God.”  He tells Him that He is the promised Messiah.  Jesus’ answer gives us to understand that His ‘hour’ has not yet come.  This is not the moment for a fuller revelation for all the people.  However, Jesus proceeds in the formation of the disciples.  He wants to bring them to a more precise understanding of His identity, dissipating every equivocation regarding His messianic identity.  He is the Christ but He will be a suffering Messiah who endures insults and even death at the hands of the leaders of the people of Israel.  Notwithstanding all this, there is the promise of an unexpected and definitive victory, His resurrection ‘on the third day’.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit to help me reflect more deeply on who Jesus is, the Son of the living God, who suffered personally for me.  I am grateful and aware that I too ‘must witness to Him before everyone and collaborate with Him to save my sisters and brothers, my companions on the journey.  We can live in the trust and certainty of Jesus’ promise that we too will rise with Him (John 11: 25).

 Lord Jesus, I want to profess my faith in You.  You are the Son of God, the one who comes into the world to save us.  In moments of difficulty, help me to remember this truth and to put all my trust in you!  Thank You, Lord!

 The voice of Divo Barsotti, Theologian and Mystic

The salvation of the world depends on the mystery of Christ, dead and risen.  This mystery is present for all ages to the ends of the world with the Eucharistic sacrifice.  Thus every person is reached by Christ so that we may concretely consent to the love of God who saves us.  Every person receives Christ to transform self in Him and to become a child in the Only Son, thus to be associated with Him in His mission of universal salvation.

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