Posted by: frburke23 | September 23, 2010

Thought for Friday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Imagine what this moment must have been like for Jesus.  He has been teaching, healing, loving, challenging for a few years.  People have come to hear Him and follow Him, and many of them left Jesus as well.

Today we have the scene of Jesus praying in solitude.  The Father is preparing Jesus for crucifixion and death.  Jesus humbly asks the disciples, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”  In other words, He wonders, “After all of this, how do people see me?”  Some probably saw Jesus as a magician, an amazing teacher or a famous prophet come back to life.  Didn’t they believe Him when He told them He was the Son of God?

Jesus looks into the eyes of His closest followers and asks, “But who do you say that I am?”  Do you get it?  Do you believe what I have told you?  And of course Peter speaks up for the twelve by saying, “The Christ of God.”  Peter recognized Him as the Anointed One, the One sent to redeem the world.

If Jesus asked you that question, “But who do you say that I am?”, how would you respond?  Look into His eyes.  Is He your savior, best friend, miracle worker, Son of God…?

The seminarians from Mundelein Seminary are hosting a Marian Symposium in October.  If you are in the Chicago area I encourage you to attend for it promises to be a great day with a wonderful lineup of speakers.  See below for details…

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

All our invited to “Mary in the Life and Mission of the Church” a Marian Conference held on the grounds of Mundelein Seminary on Sunday October 10th from 9am to 5:15pm.  Speakers include Archbishop-elect J. Peter Sartain, Msgr. Stuart Swetland, Fr. Thomas Loya, Sr. Helena Burns, FSP, and Dr. Kate Wiskus among others.  Join us as we explore Mary’s role in the Liturgy, the family, and the apostolate.  Cost is $25 which includes lunch and materials.  Walk with Mary as we recite the Rosary, adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Please register or for more information visit our website or call (847)970-4846.


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