Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks His disciples the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Only someone who knows himself absolutely could ask this question of someone else. Jesus is not asking His disciples for their opinions of who He is, as if He has some doubts. He wants to know how well His disciples know Him. It is Peter who declares Jesus the Messiah on behalf of the disciples. But even Peter does not know Jesus completely for Peter balks at the notion that Jesus is the suffering Messiah who gives Himself up to death to be the savior of the world. To Peter and the rest of the disciples, this does not make sense. Why should the Messiah suffer and die? When we look at the state of the world today or our Church, we can often despair in the face of the sin we see, even among our leaders. But we are reminded to not give up. Jesus tells us that if we lose our life for the sake of the Gospel then we will save it. This is the paradox of Christianity. Our self-giving, self-sacrificing will increase the life of God in us and then we will find fulfillment.
I want to share with you an encouraging article by Dr. Gregory Popcak, a Catholic psychologist. He gives good advice on coping with the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Church and how we can increase our faith amidst it. Here is the link: www.catholicdigest. com/faith/spirituality/coping-with-the-clergy-sex-abuse-crisis.
Have a blessed week.
Administrator Pro Tem