To Be, Or Not To Be: A Seminarian

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Countdown to Ordination: Day 74

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 at 6:00 am | Uncategorized

We come to that wonderful passage in the Gospel according to Matthew: Chapter 16.

In it Jesus asks, “who do men say that the Son of Man is?”

I love this because Jesus, after sending the Apostles out in Chapter 10, takes an opinion poll to see what men in the world think.  He’s mildly interested in the popular opinion but only so that he can hit home and ask “Who do you say that I am?”

What’s the difference?

In the first question, I can imagine Jesus looking off into the distant sort of asking the question while He’s musing on something else, thinking out loud in a way.

The Apsotles give their responses, having collected this information from their interactions with various people in different cities. And then Jesus turns from looking out into thin air to squarely focus on the Apostles themselves, “but who do you say that I am?”

It is as if to say, “you guys, who have been with me for so much time, do you have the same false opinions and rumors as everyone else? Do you know about Me or do you know Me as I truly am?

Peter starts out with a good answer. But when Jesus congratulates him and decides to reveal more about Himself, Peter gets a little excited. The suffering One that Jesus was describing is not who Peter thought He should be.

Many of us have grown past the simplistic view of Jesus and His mission that we knew when we were children. But what more does Jesus want to reveal to  us about Himself, about His mission, about our own personal role in helping others grow closer to Him? If your understanding of Jesus has developed in some way over this past Lent, what was it and how was it? Feel free to post a comment below.

Pray for the men to be ordained. May they not impose their own ideas on Jesus but daily receive from Him their mission flowing from an intimate knowledge of who He is.

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