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Faith Daily | 23 September 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p583

Loving Father,

whose Son Jesus Christ has taught us

that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters

we do also for him:

give us the will to be the servant of others

as he was the servant of all,

who gave up his life and died for us,

and yet lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 9: 18-22


18 Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ 19They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ 20He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’


21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

GOSPEL REFLECTION: Sonja Shipard


Jesus left the crowds to pray alone – what was he praying for? Could it have been for himself, or for God’s strength as he must have been tired after feeding the five thousand? Or as it says in my bible study notes, he could have prayed for his disciples to have a clearer revelation of him because when he asks the question “Who do you say I am?” Peter replies “You are the Messiah sent from God”. Though Jesus approved of Peter’s confession he warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.


How would you feel as one of the disciples in this situation? You have just realised who Jesus really is, then he tells you not to tell anyone else, and goes on to say he is going to be rejected by the elders, chief priests and scribes, and then the worst news of all he was going to be killed BUT will be raised from death on the third day.


I know that if I was a disciple, I would have been so anxious and confused. Thankfully we know the outcome of this message. Jesus did not run from suffering and neither should we, we must turn to him and he will help us in our suffering.


FINAL PRAYER


Father, when we have to suffer, show us Jesus at the cross. (by Corrie Ten Boom)

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