Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 19, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

James 2:1-9
Psalm 34:2-7
Mark 8:27-33

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Who Do You Say I Am?"

This is one of the most important questions Jesus asks us, and it is a question we should ask ourselves every single day -- in the morning to strengthen our resolve to follow Him, and in the evening as part of our examen.

Who do we say that Jesus is? When we treat our neighbor poorly; when we bicker, fight, and complain; when we steal time or supplies from our employer; when we treat our spouses and families in ways that serve ourselves but show no love, we say that He might have been a wise holy man two-thousand years ago in some god-forsaken Roman infested pit at the edge of their empire.

However, when we serve our neighbor; help the poor; smile at and welcome the forsaken; feed the hungry; clothe the naked; wait upon the abandoned, forsaken, and hopeless; serve those who employ us with proper time and dedication; pray for those who hate us and attend Mass and the duties of the Church -- then we're doing those things from the heart, we're saying that He is the Man-God, the Son of God made flesh for Us, the Savior of the World.

We speak with more than words. Our lives should make clear what answer we would give to the question. And so each morning when we wake we should address Jesus and answer Him, "You are the Christ." And each evening when we retire we should look at the opportunities we had in the course of the day to make that answer manifest and praise God for His goodness to us. We should pray for the strength to make Him known each day.

- JuandelaCruz
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