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Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (09th August, 2018) on the Gospel
 
Jer 31:31-34;
Ps 50:12-15.18-19. (R. v.12);
Matt 16:13-23.
Topic: The road to success.
Peter declared about Jesus in today’s gospel, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to Peter in part, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.”
Probably, the apostles would be expecting the sharing of positions when He began to tell them what awaited Him; “great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Hence, Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” Surprisingly Jesus replied to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
The road that leads to success is hard and its gate narrow and those who find it are few, cf. Matt 7:14. Saint Paul writes about Jesus,
...though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of slave ... he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death.... Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name (Phil 2:6-9).
The road to success is not an easy one. Whoever wants success must certainly work towards that, cf. Rom 8:17.
Bible Reading: Matt 7:13-14; Phil 2:1-11.
Thought for today: Walk towards success.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the fortitude to overcome all the trials on the road to success – Amen.
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