Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Today’s Reflection
Gospel: Lk 9:18-22
September 23, 2022 | Friday

Today’s Gospel

One day, when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, he asked them, “What do people say about me?” And they answered, “Some say, that you are John the Baptist; others say, that you are Elijah; and still others, that you are one of the prophets of old, risen from the dead.” Again Jesus asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone. And he added, “The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the law, and be put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life.”

Today’s Reflection:

On this page of the Gospel, Jesus asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?”. Peter replied: “The Messiah of God.” Through this profession of faith, Peter gave testimony that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies of Old and the personification of Israel’s hope and aspirations. From the Hebrew Messiah, which means “anointed,” comes the word “Christ” which we commonly use (as derived from its Greek translation); however, beyond the understanding of the role of his contemporaries concerning political liberation, Jesus accepted this rightful title by announcing the imminent Passion of the Son of Man. He came down from heaven in his “redemptive mission” through the perfect unique offering on the cross which imparted God’s salvation for humanity (cf. CCC 436-440; 529). By this lifting up of the cross, Christ draws all men to himself (cf. John 12:32). It is the glory of Christ as teacher and wonder-worker in his miracles. Do we also accept his suffering and sacrifice on the cross as integral to his mission? /Vulnerasti, 2022

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