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Luke 9:18-22

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Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’ He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

 

Luke 9:18-22
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    • The crowds referred to their history, recognising how God had worked in the past. The disciples realised how God was working among them in their present. I give thanks for my history, for my story. As I see where God has worked, I pray for confidence that God is working now, for hope in God’s continuing goodness and for the strength I need to follow God’s word.
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    • Saint Luke is attracted by prayer. So he wraps prayer around the crucial events in Jesus’ life. Luke is hinting to us to do the same, if we want to find our way forward toward God.
    • To find God in suffering is hard. When Jesus says that he must undergo great suffering, he means that he sees this as being part of God’s design. Christian tradition speaks of the ‘dynamic of the Cross.’ It means that unavoidable suffering, when patiently endured, brings good to the world, because it reveals great love. Let me trust that this is so, on the evidence of what we dare to call Good Friday. There, great love overcomes human malice, and so we are saved.
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    • This is a crucial moment in Jesus’ life. He asks the question which lies at the heart of Christian faith and theology: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter becomes the spokesperson for this little contingent of believers. Only later will they grasp how the term Messiah is understood by Jesus. Suffering, rejection and death await him, but then glory.
    • Lord, to follow you I too must embark on a personal discovery of who you are. Give me the grace to walk this faith-journey. May I not keep you at arm’s length by putting a protective shield around myself, but help me rather to daily embrace you on the path of discipleship, with its pains and joys.
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    • I answer Jesus’ question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ every day. I take that time I need now to put it in words, expressing myself as honestly as I can, listening for Jesus’ response.
    • Jesus often tells the disciples not to tell others about him. A time of reflection and consideration is needed before proclamation. I ask God’s help to know where I might speak and when I might remain silent.