Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time

Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time
February 22, 2020

WORD of the DAY

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16: 13-19)

How shall I live this Word?

God lowered himself, descended from the height of his royalty and became one of us. This conjunction between the sphere of the divine and the world of humans is the great novelty of the Christian proclamation. What we celebrate today is the prolongation of this mystery: Jesus gives a man the power to “bind” and “loose” simultaneously on earth and in heaven, with the same authority as the Son of God. What is special about Peter compared to all other men, other apostles, other church men? Nothing, except the willingness to let Jesus give him a new name, which does not correspond to his hereditary characteristics, but to a plan of God that is much greater than a person, a community, a country, an entire people. Peter lets himself be chosen to be what he never thought he would become. Let the Lord seduce him, make him dream, make him guess that in front of him there is, in the person of Jesus, the always awaited, the fullness of individual and collective history, the expression of a God who deals with his life.

Today I want to put a particular effort into ending my personal prayer time with an intimate conversation: I will turn to the Lord with words that come directly from my heart, avoiding “made-up phrases”, what I may have memorized, what I say from habit or that I have heard from others..

The voice of Vatican Council II Dei Verbum 10
The Church magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but rather serves it.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili

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