Send forth your light and your fidelity; they shall lead me on And bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling place.

Have you ever sat in a class or a seminar covering a certain topic that you’re familiar with but want to learn a little more about?  A great example of this for me was something I did last year.  I’ve been in the electrical business for 30 years now and have been dealing with the NEC (National Electrical Code) since I started at Ranken (in 1987).  But I wanted to understand it more, to the point where I could take the licensing test and get my electrical license.  It was a year long class (school year) and started at the beginning of the Code and methodically went through to the end of the Code.  As I said, I have been working with the NEC for 30 years and had what I thought was a strong working knowledge of it.  First day in class and the instructor asks a question to the class and we all sat there like a deer steering into headlights.  Eventually, someone raised their hand and rather timidly gave an answer.  Right, wrong or indifferent, the fact was no one was confident in giving the answer for fear of being wrong in front of the “master”.  That one simple question and my timidity in answering it, was the perfect way to start that class.  Thinking I was an expert, I quickly realized that I needed to study – hard – to achieve the success I wanted to out of that class.

My point?  I think that was the lesson Jesus was teaching His apostles in our Gospel this morning.  There are many times in the Gospels we here of Jesus teaching his disciples and there are also many times that He has the twelve men alone with Him teaching them about His mission and their upcoming mission.  There are times throughout the Gospels that the Apostles think they are strong in their wisdom of the mission and at those times Jesus rebukes them.  So in the “classroom” this morning, Jesus asks two rather seemingly simple questions.  The first, who do people say that I am to which they all readily replied with a number of varying answers.  I can see in my mind them all glad handing each other, high fiving and fist pumping thinking we nailed that question.   Then came the second question – who do YOU say that I am?  Silence.  Men looking at each other.  Men staring at Jesus like a deer in headlights.  Hesitation.  Then Peter replied…”You are the Messiah of God.”  Not multiple answers with confidence, but one man speaking out.

So the question begs for all of us now…who do we say that the Jesus is?  Is He our source of strength?  Is He our way, our truth, our light? Is He our one true path to God and the promised land of heaven? And if He is, do others in the world get that impression from the way we live, the way we act, the way we live our life?

Do something great for our Lord today…if you hesitated at all in answering the question, dedicate more time studying His works and His ways.  Even if you think you have a “working” knowledge of God, of Jesus, of the Holy Spirit, take more time studying Their works and Their ways.  Get to Mass, participate in the Sacraments.  Let God teach and mold you and make you the disciple you need to be.

R.(5) Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God.
Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight
against a faithless people;
from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.
R. Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God.
For you, O God, are my strength.
Why do you keep me so far away?
Why must I go about in mourning,
with the enemy oppressing me?
R. Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God.
Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.
R. Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God.
Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!
R. Hope in God; I will praise Him, my savior and my God.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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