17th of February

Publié le 16 Février 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 8:27-33): 

 

Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

 

The Application

 

Lord, I am very often Peter, for from time to time I am ready even to give my life, and immediately I turn back and hide. It is you who helped me to discover in you my Saviour, and it is I who still reject you. I remain with the opinions that were created about you and I believe them without verifying them with you. You invite me to look very deep into myself and find the right answer. Very often, in calling you as my Lord, I cannot define my relationship with you and qualify it in my daily life. I live daily in this paradox of imagination that a life without cross is the divine will and it is my prayer too. Help me Lord, to live my life consistent with all that I desire for you, all that you desire for me and to accept my cross joyfully.

 

Action of the day: Try to answer to the question of the Lord.

“Who do people say I am?”

 

Fr. Joan Pere PULIDO i Gutiérrez

(Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain)

 

 

Today, with the help of saint Mark's Gospel, we continue listening to God's word. A Gospel with a very clear concern: to discover who this Jesus of Nazareth may be. Through his texts, Mark has been offering us other people's reactions to Jesus: the sick ones, the disciples, the scribes and Pharisees. And today, He is directly asking us: “But who do you say that I am?” (Mk 8:29).

We, Christians, must discover our identity and prove our own faith through being good examples with our life. This duty is an urgent task to transmit a clear and understandable message to our brothers and sisters, who will find in Jesus that Word of Life bestowing meaning to what they may think, say or do. But, this witness must begin with us being totally conscious of our meeting with Jesus. John Paul II, in his apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte wrote: “Our witness, however, would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face.”

Saint Mark, with this text, offers us the right way to contemplate Jesus. First, Jesus asks us who do people say He is; and we can answer, with the disciples: John the Baptist or Elijah, in other words an important, good and attractive person. Certainly, a good answer, but too far away from Jesus' Truth. Then, He goes on asking us: “But who do you say that I am?” It is the question of faith, of our personal implication. And we shall only find the answer in the experience of silence and praying. It is the faith path Peter followed which we should follow also.

Brothers and sisters in Christ let us come to know through prayer the liberating presence of God's love, which is present in our life. He keeps on making alliances with us with clears signs of his presence, as that rainbow appearing through the clouds promised Noah.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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