Sunday, June 19, 2016

Reflection: Luke 9:18-24

The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Luke 9:18-24

In the Gospel for this 12th Sunday in Ordinary time, Jesus had gone to a quiet place to pray.  After a time, the disciples came looking for Him.  Jesus asked them: “What are the people saying about me?”  The disciples gave Him several versions of what they had heard the people say.  “Some say that you are John the Baptist or perhaps you are Elijah or a prophet from of old who has come back to life.”

Then Jesus looked at them intently and asked, “But who do you say that I am?”  Naturally, it was Peter who responded first.  He returned Jesus’ gaze and said, “You are the Messiah sent from God.”  Upon hearing Peter’s response, Jesus warned His disciples not to speak to anyone about this.

Today Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”  I invite you to take some reflection time and ponder this question.  Who is Jesus to you?  Is He real to you or is He a distant figure in your life?  Do you spend time with Him daily or several days a week or do you wait until Sunday to even think about Jesus?   

Once you know what your answer is, ask yourself if you are happy with your current relationship with Jesus?  Do you want it to be different than it is?  If you do want your relationship with Jesus to be intimate and loving, take the first step and spend at least 30 minutes of quality time with Jesus.  Intimacy develops over time but the first step to intimacy is spending time with the person and coming to know who they truly are.

Jesus is waiting for us, longing for us!  Today, may we give Him our time, our attention, and our love!   

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