Posted by: livingscripture | February 22, 2018

First Thursday of Lent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

First Thursday of Lent, February 22, 2018

WORD of the DAY 

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16, 13-16))

How shall I live this Word?

Caesarea Philippi was a city built along the sources of the Jordan River, in honor of Augustus at the initiative of Herod Philippi in 2 AC.  Even this historical date seems to express the background of a key moment in the history of Christianity.  Jesus does not like to drop pseudo truth into the funnel of a set of prefabricated doctrines. On the contrary, it is an extremely positive provocation, because it educates people to think, to seek first of all what, inwardly, asks to be explained to obtain fundamental answers.

Jesus asks who people think He is.  The answers are varying and not one hits the mark.  Then Jesus turns to His disciples who had shared days, fatigue, and joys with Him.  Peter responds and seems to grasp in a moment of interior light, the deep conviction of the heart. “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”.

This confirmation of Jesus is precise and illuminating even for us today.  It was not the instinct of Peter the fisherman, but the Father of Heaven who revealed this Mystery of Jesus the Lord.

You are the Son of the Living God, Jesus who came to save what allows itself to be provoked by the deepest questions of the heart.

The Message of David Maria Turoldo, Poet and Thinker

If you want to penetrate into the act of faith, also use reason that is not only – as has been said – the “handmaid of theology”, but – what it really is – a companion of faith itself.

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