First Friday: Who Do You Say That I Am?

This month for our Friday Friday reflection, we would like to offer this excerpt from a homily of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. Though this homily was given at Palm Sunday Mass, it is always appropriate for us to consider the words Jesus asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?”

“Who is Jesus of Nazareth for us?  What idea do we have of the Messiah, what idea do we have of God?  It is a crucial question, one we cannot avoid, not least because … we are called to follow our King who chooses the Cross as his throne.  We are called to follow a Messiah who promises us, not a facile earthly happiness, but the happiness of heaven, divine beatitude.  So we must ask ourselves: what are our true expectations?  What are our deepest desires?…

The decision to say yes to the Lord and to follow him all the way, the decision to make his Passover, his death and resurrection, the very focus of your Christian lives…  is the decision that leads to true joy.

He will give us his life, his body and his blood, his love.  But we must respond worthily to so great a gift, that is to say, with the gift of ourselves, our time, our prayer, our entering into a profound communion of love with Christ who suffered, died and rose for us… Before Christ – the Fathers said – we must spread out our lives, ourselves, in an attitude of gratitude and adoration.”

Click here if you would like to read the full homily which is found on the Vatican website.

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