Friday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke 9:18-22
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Book of Haggai 1:15b.2:1-9.

On the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of King Darius,
on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:
Tell this to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, and to the high priest Joshua, son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people:
Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes?
But now take courage, Zerubbabel, says the LORD, and take courage, Joshua, high priest, son of Jehozadak, And take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD, and work! For I am with you, says the LORD of hosts.
This is the pact that I made with you when you came out of Egypt, And my spirit continues in your midst; do not fear!
For thus says the LORD of hosts: One moment yet, a little while, and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will come in, And I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts.
Mine is the silver and mine the gold, says the LORD of hosts.
Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the LORD of hosts; And in this place I will give you peace, says the LORD of hosts.

Psalms 43(42):

Grant me justice, God; defend me from a faithless people; from the deceitful and unjust rescue me.
You, God, are my strength. Why then do you spurn me? Why must I go about mourning, with the enemy oppressing me?
Send your light and fidelity, that they may be my guide And bring me to your holy mountain, to the place of your dwelling,
That I may come to the altar of God, to God, my joy, my delight. Then I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:18-22.

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
They said in reply, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, 'One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'"
Then he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter said in reply, "The Messiah of God."
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised." 

Commentary of the day
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity
Jesus, The Word to be spoken, Twelfth Month

"Who do you say that I am?"

Who is Jesus to me?
Jesus is the Word made flesh (Jn 1,14).
Jesus is the Bread of Life (Jn 6,35).
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the cross (1Jn 4,19).
Jesus is the sacrifice offered at holy Mass
for the sins of the world and for mine (Jn 1,29).

Jesus is the word - to be spoken.
Jesus is the truth - to be told.
Jesus is the way - to be walked (Jn 14,6).
Jesus is the Light - to be lit (Jn 8,12)...
Jesus is the life-to be lived.
Jesus is the love - to be loved.
Jesus is the joy - to be shared.
Jesus is the sacrifice - to be offered.
Jesus is the peace - to be given.
Jesus is the Bread of Life - to be eaten.
Jesus is the hungry - to be fed (Mt 25,35).
Jesus is the thirsty - to be satiated.  
Jesus is the naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the mentally ill - to protect him.
Jesus is the little one - to embrace him.
Jesus is the blind - to lead him.
Jesus is the dumb - to speak for him.
Jesus is the crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the drug addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the prostitute - to remove from danger and befriend her.
Jesus is the prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the old - to be served.

To me-
Jesus is my God.
Jesus is my spouse.
Jesus is my life.
Jesus is my only love.
Jesus is my all in all.
Jesus is my everything.
Jesus, I love with my whole heart, with my whole being.

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