Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (28th September, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 143:1-4. (R. v.1);
Topic: Knowing Jesus.
In today’s gospel Jesus asked His disciples while praying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They thought He was John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the ancient prophets. He asked further, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “The Messiah of God.” He also foretold His death and resurrection.
The timing of these questions (when Jesus was praying), says a lot about their necessity. Jesus came that we may have life in abundance, cf. Jn 10:10. However, believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God is the key, cf. Jn 20:31. The letter to the Hebrews reads, “...without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6).
Believing in God only needs our cooperation; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Jn 6:44). We ought to beseech God earnestly to draw us to Himself.
Bible Reading: Heb 11:4-7.
Thought for today: Who is Jesus?
Let us pray: God, draw us to yourself that we may believe in you – Amen.
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