Posted by: livingscripture | September 23, 2011

Twenty Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“’But who do you say that I am?’ Peter said in reply, ‘The Christ of God’.”

Luke 9: 18-22

How should we live this Word

This is an important moment in Luke’s narration. The hour has come to manifest the identity of Jesus, ‘Who is He?’ This question had already been posed at Nazareth by the townspeople and at Capernaum by the Scribes and the Pharisees. Even Herod questioned as he sought to see Him out of envy.

Now Jesus Himself asks the question in the context of prayer. We note that prayer is always present in the decisive moments of His mission. Prayer is the solitary and intimate place of His love for the Father, the love we can participate in because of His coming.

Luke tells us this happened at Caesarea Philippi, but he is more interested in the place of theophany, this intimate staying with Jesus in deep colloquy with the Father. This is where God reveals Himself and questions us. It is in prayer that all our questions cease and we listen to Him asking us, ‘Who am I for you?’ Now He takes the initiative and wants a personal response from us. A true disciple never puts God in question but accepts to be questioned by God. All useless questions must cease in order to listen to Him in the depths of our heart, learning little by little to abandon ourselves without reserve to the sweet movements of Love that constantly murmur, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!’

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek light in regard to my rapport with Jesus. I will listen to Him and abandon myself to His will.

Lord, grant that I may recognize You and proclaim You always as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Then peace will reign in my heart and among my sisters and brothers.

The voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Church Doctor

For me, prayer is nothing other than treating with friends, being one on one with the One we know loves us.

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