Friday of 25th Week, uneven numbered year Vendredi de la 25e semaine, année impaire

Jesus was praying alone. As his disciples came to him he put this question to them : ’Who do the crowds say I am?’
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Ag.1,15b-2,9 Ps.42 Lk.9

Friday of 25th Week, uneven numbered year

“They replied : ’ Some say John the Baptist ; others Elijah ; others again one of the ancient prophets come back to life.”

Having accompanied Jesus for a while, Jesus’ disciples might have well come around to suspecting the mystery of His Person. They believe that Jesus speakes and acts in the name of God, that he is sent by the Lord. Jesus takes his disciples ’aside’ to help them to reach a more mature faith. The prayer life of Jesus often draws attention to the Evangelists who mention it before a siginificant moment in Jesus’ Mission. The prayer here shows that Peter’s profession in the name of the other disciples raises them up to a level that is superior than that of ordinary people. Jesus’ prayer obtains for them a life of faith, a welcome to God’s Revealtion : ’It is not a human being who has revealed this truth to you, ’declares Jesu to Peter, ’but my Heavenly Father .’ God is so marvellous because he goes over things all the time. Mary, in the secret of her heart, is the only one who knows who Jesus is. At the Annunciation and at Chrsitmas, she has us contemplate Christ’s coming in human flesh. When Jesus will have grown up, he will quote the passage of Isaiah : ’ The Lord has sent me, he has sealed me with unction…the Good News is announced to the poor…’ After the joyful mysteries and the luminous mysteries that come about in our lives, comme the sorrowful mysteries. As it was in the life of Jesus, the luminous mysteries give us strength and courage.

“But you, ’Jesus said to them, ’Who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up.’The Christ of God,’ he said.”

Jesus asks who he is for us, for them ! Peter’s reply is rapid and bears witness to the marvels which Jesus works : He makes the limp walk, he heals the blind, he brings back the dead to life! But Jesus will be in a hurry to shed another light : ’ The Son of man must suffer greatly,be rejected and on the third day must rise again.’ Jesus, the crucified Messiah,will become Light for us at the hour of peril. We understand Peter’s difficulties where there are nothing but ruins and so we turn to prayer!