Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 24, 2014

Gospel – Matthew 16: 13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples,

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Peter and Jesus

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 Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.

For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,

and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;

and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

 

Who do we say Jesus is?  Who is Christ to us?  Friend?  Savior?  Listening ear?  Shepherd?  Love?  A lamp to light the way?  Calm in the storm?

Take a minute (or 30 seconds if that’s all you can spare), close your eyes, and think, “Who do I say Jesus is in my life?”  Is He the center?  Or just a fan watching from the sidelines?  And then think, “Who should Jesus be in my life?  Who do I want Him to be?”  Then after your 60 seconds are up, jump back into the activity of your day, but with your mind still focused on God – make Christ who He needs to be in your day.  With Him by your side, tasks become easier and burdens are lightened.  Our crosses may not go away, but sharing troubles with Christ can make all things better.

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