The Christ

Reading: Matthew 16:13-20 “But what about you?” he asked.  “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man but by my Father in heaven.” (vv.15-17) And blessed…

The signs of the times

Reading: Matthew 16:1-4 How could we be sure that Jesus is the Messiah?  Aside from the sign of Jonah (i.e., three days in the belly of the fish; see also Matt.17:23), we have the Law and the Prophets (the Old Testament!)—they all attest to Him! “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained…

Boxed in

Reading: Matthew 13:53-58 Why is it difficult for us to accept that a person we know, of lowly position or of humble origin could be so highly favoured by God?  Well maybe you don’t have that problem, and I thought I didn’t as well.  But in reflecting today’s reading, I recall of having been as…

Mission accomplished

Reading: Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from…