Children Reflect on today’s readings: Who do we think Jesus is? How can I get to know God Better?
The answer to the gospel question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ is a central theme of our faith.
Our answer is that we know Jesus by his actions and way of life: He would die; he would care for all; he went mostly to the poor a nd the sick. He was a Jewish man of 30; he was a man of conviction who laid down his life. Each of us has a different answer. It may change with our age. With the knowledge of love we confess that Jesus is our Lord. He gives another answer – we recognise him in the poor and needy. As he said in Matthew 25, ‘what you do for others, you do for me’. When we welcome a refugee, help the homeless, console the bereaved, visit the sick, work for peace, contribute to a good cause, we do so for Jesus! Faith without good works is dead. Another answer: yours is the widest heart of compassion we will ever find in the world!
Say a magic little prayer and…no, just kidding.
Coming to know God is life’s most precious joys because you enter into a relationship with your Creator ‘ the one who created you out of love and desires for you to share with him all his glory. The Church believes that people desire God and only in God will they find the truth and happiness that we constantly seek. God is always pouring out his love for us and it’s up to us to turn to God. He will never stop loving you!
Knowing God takes all one’s heart, mind and soul. It also can take time. Knowing God is not one of having scientific proof that God exists, but by the seeking out of God one’s heart becomes more and more convinced that God exists. It requires patience and weeding out the distractions in your life. Often times we spend much of our lives with a complete lack of silence ‘ always having the radio or the TV on. Just take a moment to pause in silence and listen for God. He is there.
Gospel Mark 8:27-35
The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously
Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’ He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. for anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’
Lord may your will be done on earth and may your kingdom come.