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Sent:                               Monday, February 22, 2021 7:01 AM

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Subject:                          Day 6: February 22, 2021


Feb. 22nd  Link to Daily Readings ; 1 Pt 5:1-4 Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 Mt 16:18 Mt 16:13-19 Resource Links: Introduction to 40 Day Contemplative Lenten Challenge Fasting and Prayer Contemplative and Silent Prayer The Teresian Method...






Feb. 22nd 



Link to Daily Readings;

1 Pt 5:1-4

Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6

Mt 16:18

Mt 16:13-19


Resource Links:



PRESENCE OF GOD – Humble my heart Oh Lord, that I may know you as Peter knew you.  Help me to see myself as I truly am. 



“Who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15) 


Have you ever thought how odd this question sounds?  In some ways it would have been more reasonable for Jesus to ask, what do people think of my teaching, or what do you think of these miracles I just performed?  Yet He doesn’t focus on what He was doing, but rather He wanted the apostles to see how what He was doing was pointing to who He is.  Perhaps it was reasonable that others might think of him as Elijah or another prophet, after all they too performed miracles and commanded the weather, but to those who knew Him intimately, was He not something greater?  He taught not by citing Moses and the Law as authority, but by His own authority.  (You have heard it say…but I say).  His miracles went far beyond any prophet.  But perhaps most telling was His forgiveness of sin.  Only God could do that.  For the apostles this had to be unsettling.  They had to be asking themselves; who is this guy?  So, Jesus asks aloud the very question they are asking themselves.  And it is Peter who was inspired to come to the logical, yet hardly believable answer; You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.   


We too face the same question.  Jesus is the only religious founder that compels us to make a choice.  Either you are with me or against me, he says in Matthews gospel.  If Jesus is who He says He is, then He must become the center of my life.  If He is not, then at best He is a liar and at worse a raving lunatic.  While we must have faith to believe, we also have the knowledge of Jesus death and resurrection. What made Peter’s response so awesome was that leap of faith He made without the benefit of knowing the whole story. 


When I do accept Jesus as Lord, and make Him the center of my life, then I must ask Jesus the same question; Lord, who do you say I am?  Allow Him to show you all of those nooks and crannies of your self where your imperfections lie.  Ask for his help in uncovering them and getting rid of them so that you might be able to say as Paul that it is no longer I who live but Christ in me.  



Oh Jesus, you present the question to me that you asked your apostles.  “Who do you say I am?”  A question that makes me uneasy because of what it might mean to declare you as the Son of God.  I don’t want to give up my comforts, my wealth, my power, my control of my life.  Yet that is what it would mean if I do declare you as Lord.  Help me to realize that if I do put you at the center of my life, then all of the rest will take care of itself.  You told us as much when you said “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Mt 6:33) 


Shine your light within my heart, Dear Lord, to show me my faults, my imperfections, those things that keep me from holding you as Lord of my life.  Purge those things from me so that I may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day. 









Sent by Deacon Joe Mills












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