Friday (September 28): "Who do you say that Jesus is?"

Meditation: Who is Jesus for you?  Many in Israel recognized Jesus as a mighty man of God, even comparing him with the greatest of the prophets.  Peter, always quick to respond, professed that Jesus is truly the Christ. No mortal being could have revealed this to Peter, but only God.  Through the eyes of faith Peter grasped who Jesus truly was.  He was the first apostle to publicly recognize Jesus as the Anointed One (also translated Messiah or Christ).  Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word, Messiah.  Peter's faith, however, was sorely tested when Jesus explained that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and die in order that God's work of redemption might be accomplished.  How startled the disciples were when they heard this word!  How different are God's thoughts and ways from our thoughts and ways!  Through humiliation, suffering, and death on the cross Jesus broke the powers of sin and death and won for us our salvation. If we want to share in Christ's victory, then we must also take up our cross and follow him where he leads us.  What is the "cross" that I must take up?  When my will crosses with God's will, then his will must be done.  To know Jesus Christ is to know the power of his death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of faith to know Jesus personally, power to live the gospel faithfully, and courage to witness to others the joy and truth of the gospel. Who do you say that Jesus is?

"Lord, I believe and I profess that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  Take my will, my life, and all that I have, that I may be wholly yours now and forever." 


This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/