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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080918.cfm

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Peter fell into the trap that so many do. They put God in their box and do not believe that the Lord can possibly do the things He says He can. When you do not believe that God still works miracles or heals or blesses us you are putting Him in your box. The Lord can and will do what He does best – be God. Take Him out of your box and believe that He can do anything. Trust and faith go hand in hand with the power of God. Do you have it?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your power far surpasses anything I can dream of, and I trust that you will do what you have promised. My faith shows me that you are there with me, guiding and leading me to eternal life with you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Create a clean heart in me, O God.

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