First Thursday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Thursday of Lent, February 22, 2018 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.” (Matthew 16, 13-16)) How shall I live this Word? Caesarea Philippi was a city built along the sources of the Jordan River, in honor of Augustus at the initiative of Herod Philippi in 2 AC.  Even this historical date seems to express the background of a key moment in the history of Christianity.  Jesus does not like to drop pseudo truth into the funnel of a set of prefabricated doctrines. On the contrary, it is an extremely positive provocation, because it educates people to think, to seek first of all what, inwardly, asks to be explained to obtain fundamental answers. Jesus asks who people think He is.  The answers are varying and not one hits...