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

Learn more about St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio): https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-pio-of-pietrelcina/

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092316.cfm

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, 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 rebuked 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.”

Peter listened to the Holy Spirit when Jesus asked His question. He still did not see the whole picture, but he was open, at that moment, to the truth. How often do you have insights and glimpses like that? Does it mean anything to you or do you just pass it off? If you are open, you will have more and you will learn the truth, just as Peter eventually did. Are you ready for the Holy Spirit to work in your life always? Be open and receive the full grace and power of Our Lord, just as Peter eventually did.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I am not always open to what you try to tell me, but like Peter I keep trying. Help me Lord to be more open to your promptings, your words and your power so I may do your work. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

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