The Mysterious Man
Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Today I will pray for the gift of faith for those who don't believe.
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Matthew 16: 13-23
Lord Jesus, I believe you want
me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words without any second guessing. I hope in
your words, not relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love you. You continue to astonish
me by showing me that your ways are not my ways.
Lord, may I know you
personally through faith and a generous imitation of you.
1. Partial Knowledge:
acquire knowledge through experience. The people in the Gospel attempted to know Jesus by
identifying him with others. Some said he was John the Baptist, who preached repentance and
conversion like the Lord. Some compared him to Jeremiah, whose prophecies involved a new covenant
that God would make with the house of Israel, one in which he would place his law within them, and
"write it upon their hearts." "I will be their God," he said, "and they shall be my people." (see
Jeremiah 31:33). Some heard of Jesus' extraordinary powers, and mistook him for Elijah, who was
carried away in a chariot of fire. All of these figures match somehow with Jesus. But they don't
reveal his full mystery. Am I content with a partial knowledge of Our Lord, or do I ardently seek to
know him inside and out?
2. A Mere Shadow:
Jesus does resemble the prophets and
patriarchs of the Old Testament. He resembles them, but also supersedes them. None of these holy men
exhaust the dimensions of Christ's person. They are rays, he is the sun. The apostles know the Lord
is more than Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah or even John. "Who do you say that I am?" "You are the Christ,
the Son of God." How wonderful it is to know by faith that Jesus is truly the Son of God. Do I
appreciate this wondrous gift of knowing my God, Creator and Redeemer through the person of Jesus
Christ? I can rest in him and find strength, hope and joy in him. Do I rest in him?
Finally Dawned on Him and he Saw the Light:
"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh
and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father." The apostles had first compared
Jesus to all of the holy ones of Israel's past, but soon saw that he surpassed them all. His virtue,
goodness and power rose higher and higher, until he shattered the paradigms of measurement and
comparison. He was not only quantitatively but qualitatively, much, much more. The heavenly Father
shed his light, and they believed at last. I need to live in the light that has shone so brightly
and continues to shine. Christ tells us that he is the light of the world. He is the way, the truth
and the life. Do I treasure my faith in Jesus Christ, guard it and strive to make it grow and bear
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, in my reading of the gospels I come to
admire you exceedingly, but only grace can allow me to believe. Only grace can strengthen my faith
and allow me to understand and see things the way you do. Give me the gift of faith, so I might rise
above those limits and come to know you as my supreme good.
will pray for the gift of faith for those who don't believe.