May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings:  Gospel Lk 9:18-24

Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He scolded them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

Only Peter knew who Jesus was. As clueless as he is about most things, he got this one right! He listened to the whispering in his heart that told him the truth. Do you listen when the Holy Spirit whispers in your heart? Do you listen when the Lord directs you as He did the Apostles? They did not tell anyone, but they also did not listen when He told them that He had to die. We are just like them. We sometimes listen and are sometimes clueless. Does that give you hope? It does me, because they made it to heaven – even though they did not always get it right!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for accepting me as I am, sometimes clueless, sometimes getting it. I pray I become more like the Apostles and get it right more often than not. In Jesus holy name, I ask for that grace, Amen.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

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