This Weekend the church celebrates the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have now moves from the time of Pentecost to the time of Ordinary Time. We are now hearing the writing of St.Luke, in the way which we think they were written in. Saint Luke, writing to Jewish-Christians, and Believers in Jesus Christ, is also called the 'Woman's Gospel.' He mentions women more often then the others, and focuses on their actions.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
Saint Augustine is famous for many things, one thing he is most common for is his work on the sacraments. Coming near the end of the founding fathers-in the middle of the conflict- after getting consecrated has a bishop worked much on the development on the sacraments and the problems facing the theology of the sacraments.
Christ, taking off his royal robes of heaven, came to earth and became a human. He became on of us. He shared in our joy, our pain and our emotions. Came to save sinners, and to save the world; to guide us back on the right road.
In the first reading we are given this fundamental and creative picture poured out by words from the Lord. Giving us a description of what is to come. That we- the sinners- will come and look at the one whom they pierced. Coming to look at the pain that we caused; through sin and corruption. And by looking we will mourn;mourn because of the mark that we caused, that we made happen.
But we will rejoice because we know that Christ our savior is their sacrificing himself to be the fountain of life. The fountain that pours out the life giving, forgiving water that we wish to have. We all long to be forgiven, to be reconciled because we have mourned; because we have seen what we have done.
Notice in today's Gospel, Jesus asks them 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' The notice how each of them have a different answer to give to Jesus about who the crowds say he is. All different but yet connected. Some are right but some are wrong. After Jesus asks them, "Who do YOU say I am?" Peter answers him, "You are Christ the Lord' speaking most likely the first thing on his mind speaks what he wishes.
Everyone will have a different vision, or a different way of describing Christ. He is different to us all, and reveals him self to us all differently. He may be our Brother, our Friend, a Family Member, or a Co-worker. We all see Christ differently. We cannot and should not judge others based on how they define Christ. For we are all different but all our answers are correct.
Jesus moves onto discussion of his suffering and death. The disciples become fearful and saddened, but then Jesus adds something positive, that after three days he will rise again. Jesus says that he must suffer, he shares in our humanity, and yes. everyone will suffer, one way or another.
One of my favorite Bible verses is in today's Gospel."If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." To truly be with Christ we must lift our selves- soul and the many infirmities of our body- and walk with Christ. We must carry our struggles- our cross that connects us with Christ. We must not, ask that our cross-our load- may become lighter and lighter, but we can and should pray that we may have the strength to carry our load.
St. Augustine, shares with us the sum of Christ's life, and our life. Christ was Gods Son, came to earth, was without sin and suffered. Regardless of whom, we will suffer, but it's not how we will, it's how will we lift our selves up again after. How will we ask Christ to help us. How will we grow in love for Christ.
So on this 12th week of Ordinary time, may we come to Christ the fountain of Forgiveness and bathing water of life. May we come and hear Christ asking us individually " who do you say I am?"
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