GOSPEL REFLECTION

My Short Reflection for Today’s Gospel (Mt 16:13- 23)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This gospel is not fresh or new for me, I heard this several times before. But now, it seems there’s a different perceptive and reflection came into my inner person that

grounds me why I cannot simply respond the question of Jesus. I was struck when Jesus said today “But who do you say that I am?”

Vincent Sanchez (right) and Bro. Rustico Lumbo, FMS

I was challenged by this question; I consider that Jesus is asking me once again today; “Who is He for me?” after my one month of staying at the Euntes…from the module of Fr. Calvo, Earnest, Fr. Edgar, Sis. Martha, and now with Dr. Manny’s module “Shifting Paradigms of culture, church and mission.”

I was challenged to find again or rediscover who Jesus is for me today or today’s mission, the postmodern age. It encouraged me to exert more effort to move on or to shift my pattern or paradigm of knowing Jesus more extremely and broadly, but also, it gave me an extra confidence after learning that there is a reward in knowing Jesus more deeply. Just as Simon Peter was rewarded after he said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus rewarded Simon Peter when He founded the church through him (you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church).

What is then the reward for me or for us if we exert more effort in knowing more or rediscovering Jesus for today’s mission, today’s generation and for today’s challenge?

The reward is enormous, infinite and unfathomable. …

For these challenges I am thankful to God for bringing me to this community, in Euntes Center, in order to renew my understanding and awareness of knowing Him.

From left: Evar, Sr. Mila, Juvie, Fr. Edgar Javier and Vincent

And I thank God for bringing me into the disturbing world of a new way of understanding through the “Shifting Paradigms of culture, church and mission” for today’s generation.

Vincent R. Sanchez

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