Gospel of Luke 9:18-22 Reflection:
There is a connection between the first and second readings today that applies to each and every one of us.
The first reading is the beautiful reading from Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything…..”
We all know it: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to fight, a time for peace etc. There is a long list of things that we all understand and experience; they are part of our everyday life.
In the gospel Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do the crowds say I am?” The apostles give various answers and then Jesus asks them personally, "Whom do you say that I am?" Eventually Peter says, “The Christ of God.”
The connection between the two readings is that in life there comes a time for decision, a time for us to say, ‘who is this Jesus and where do we stand in relation to him?’
Life is not one big long series of events that brings us somewhere, we are not quite sure where; life is a series of decisions for or against God. Every time we do what is right we choose God, every time we do what is wrong we go against him.
It is worth bearing in mind that the choices we make are not isolated but set up a pattern of living; we develop a habit.
Jesus tells us to take up the habit of seeing and acknowledging him as Lord and Saviour.
Now that’s a choice worth making!