Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St Mark: ‘And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he charged them to tell no one about him’.
Our Lord’s question to Peter ‘Who do you say that I am?’ is addressed to each one of us also. Who is Jesus for you? Today, you may wish to spend some time with this question, and with its implications for your daily life.
Here are some words from St John Henry Newman: ‘I adore Thee, O my God, as the true and only Light! From Eternity to Eternity, before any creature was … Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest: so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from Thee. None of it will be mine. No merit to me. It will be Thou who shinest through me upon others. O let me thus praise Thee, in the way which Thou dost love best, by shining on all those around me. Give light to them as well as to me; light them with me, through me. Teach me to show forth Thy praise, Thy truth, Thy will. Make me preach Thee without preaching—not by words, but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do—by my visible resemblance to Thy saints, and the evident fulness of the love which my heart bears to Thee’.
May God bless you this day.