Posted by: livingscripture | February 16, 2012

Sixth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“But who do you say that I am?  Peter said to him in reply, ‘You are the Christ’.”

                                                Mark 8: 29                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

Yesterday Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, waiting upon a loving and patient adhesion to His person.  Today, His provocation strikes us.  “But who do you say that I am?”  The question was asked of the disciples in the area of Caesarea Philippi.  However, it is asked of us today, here where we live.  Yesterday, His disciples answered Him about what others thought of Him.  The people were confused, seeing in Him the Baptist raised from the dead or an apparition of Elijah on the earth and similar things.  Today as well many people are still confused and regard Him as a man gifted with extraordinary healing powers.  He was a man of God but not ‘God from God’ as we acclaim Him during the Creed of the Mass, where the heart of our Christian belief is enunciated.

It is important for us today to be provoked by this question.  Who is  Jesus for me as I journey toward the fullness of life?  Is He truly the promised Messiah, the Savior, the one who, by giving me the Spirit through His body, the Word, and the Sacraments, vivifies my person, and casts light on all that I do day after day?

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Spirit to silence within me all the noise of my words and rationalizations.  I will listen to the Lord asking me this question over and over, “Who am I for you, today?”

Lord Jesus, open the eyes of my depths.  Grant that I may see You as the Suffering Servant and recognize You as the Risen One, thus opening myself to hope and full trust in continuous contact with You. 

The voice of St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church

Lord Jesus, You are our strength.  We do not rely on our power, nor can we fight with our energy.  Power comes from faith and we draw it from Christ.

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