Weekly Reflection

As part of my work as Manager, Campus Ministry for the University of Notre Dame Australia I write a weekly refection on the coming Sunday's Gospel and email it to all staff and students of the Fremantle Campus. This then is the weekly blog of those reflections, based on the Gospel readings for Sundays, as per the lectionary of the Roman Missal of Paul VI. Should these reflections find any readership whatsoever, I hope that it is edifying.
The title of my blog is taken from the English translation of Cardinal John Henry Newman's memorial epitaph, which was inscribed on his memorial plaque at the Birmingham Oratory.

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem - Through Shadows and Images to Truth

Sunday, August 24, 2014

24 August 2014: 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Gospel Mt 16:13-20
Who do YOU say I am?
Sometimes we stumble across a gospel passage which is hits us really hard. Today’s gospel is one such instance. Here we have Jesus asking what is seemingly a simple question: ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ The disciples seem pretty happy to answer such a question, pointing out the many and varied accounts that were circulating at the time.
Jesus then directs the question to the disciples asking, ‘But you, who do you say I am?’ What is interesting here is that, at this point in the story, the disciples fall silent. This is a crucial question for them all, as it is for us today. The answer that we provide will have serious consequences for how my life is lived from here on out.
Like the disciples, I am happy to recount other people’s theories about his identity, but am nervous when asked to reveal my own position on this. Jesus makes a claim unlike any other in history, and there is a wealth of evidence to support such a claim. Am I willing to accept that? Am I open to the claim that such a response will make on my life?
Will I be like Peter, the gutsy one who rushes in with a response, seemingly thoughtless about the demands such a response will place upon him. Or will I nervously hold back, unwilling to commit with a response?

Questioning Words
Who do I say that Jesus is?
What does my answer mean for me in my life right now?

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