Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Mark 8:27-33
During Ordinary Time on the Church calendar, we spend weeks getting to know Jesus as teacher, healer, leader, miracle worker and friend. We learn about who He was while He walked among us. There is nothing ordinary about this time at all.
Each one of us has our favorite story or lesson from Ordinary Time. Maybe it’s the prodigal son, or the wedding at Cana, or the healing of the lame man saved by the faith of his friends who lowered him down to Jesus from above.
I do love Ordinary Time because of the many lessons and stories. It brings me closer to walking as one of the disciples during this period. But when I look at all the labels we give Jesus during Ordinary Time – healer, miracle worker, teacher, leader, friend – one is often missing. The one that must matter most to us. After all, it is the essence of who Jesus is – the Messiah.
If Jesus came and asked me, “Who do you say that I am?” how would I answer?
Without knowing Jesus is the Messiah, we miss the most important aspects of His life, death, and resurrection. His sacrifice for us is the most important “story” of all, and Messiah is His most important identity. The lessons and stories Jesus teaches us in Ordinary Time serve to magnify the gift of Himself for each of us.
If we are like the early disciples in today’s Gospel and get caught up in all the other labels we give Jesus, we might miss the significance of His gift of Himself for each one of us.
Who is Jesus to me? How would I answer Him if He asked?
Jesus, thank You for being present to me as friend, healer, teacher, leader, and miracle worker. Help me to always view You through the light of your Passion. You are the Messiah come to save us.
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Copyright 2023 Lisa Henley Jones
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Lisa Henley Jones is a wife, mom, native Texan, and parish communications director. She enjoys reading, walking, going on date nights, and cheering on her kids in their activities. As a social media consultant, Lisa teaches Catholic parishes to engage, inspire, and evangelize on social media. Find her blog at Of Sound Mind & Spirit and her social media course at Parish Social Media.