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Thursday, February 16, 2006
Gospel: February 16, 2006
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February 16, 2006
Thursday in the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel reading was an important change from yesterday's readings. We read yesterday of Our Lord healing another ill man, and today it's focused back on the disciples. And our Lord clearly asked, "But who do you say that I am?"

Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am"? They said in reply, "John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets." And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am"? Peter said to him in reply, "You are the Messiah." Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him (Mark 8:27-30).

That's what it's all about for us too - who is Jesus. Our duty as fellow Christians is to love one another. Let us go out and heal and pray for others and preach the Gospel. But, above all, we must constantly refer back to Christ - the foundation of our entire faith. If we do wonderful actions without doing them for God, they amount to nothing, absolutely nothing! Any good deed without doing it for love of God and neighbor counts for nothing. But we can offer up all of our day in a morning offering prayer. Since we were purchased at a price, we are worth something and our actions do as well. Thus, if we offer up our actions to God, He can use them.

In the end it will come down to us at judgment. We can't blame anyone for our mistakes. We can't say "Well someone said you were John the Baptist, so I stopped following you as much" or "Someone said the Catholic Church wasn't all right on everything, so I stopped believing". In the end it comes down to our heart. Are we in grace and did we live our life for God? We have an obligation to live the Gospel and preach it to others, but we also must live it. At the end of the day do you still confess that Jesus Christ is the Messiah or do you forget to offer your entire day to Him? Do you forget to pray as often as you should? Do you live the faith with actions and works?

Treat everyday as if it would be the last. Remember Our Lord shall come "as a thief in the night". Be ready, for the hour is not yet known. Yet, what a glorious hour it shall be; don't be caught unprepared.

Live for Christ!

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