Today is Friday the 24 September, in the 25th week of Ordinary time.
Luke Parker sings, ‘In Quietness’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’
Why does Jesus “pray alone” do you think? Take a moment to imagine the scene of Jesus’ prayer alone…the disciples near by… what do the surroundings look like? What can you hear? Birds? The wind? Insects? What is Jesus wearing? Is he standing? sitting? Maybe kneeling? Let the scene unfold before you…
Why do you think Jesus asks his disciples what the crowds think about him?
Now listen as the passage is read to you again, and ask: “is Peter right when he says that Jesus is the Messiah of God?”If so, what should we do about it?
Finally, see if you can capture some of the feelings that are in your heart just now, and turn them into a prayer to God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.