Friday, 22 February 2019

Audio Reflections of Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 - If you were on the mountain with Jesus, what would your response to the Transfiguration be? Why?


To read the texts click on the texts: Heb 11:1-7; Mk 9:2-13
The transfiguration is an event, which appears in all the Synoptic Gospels, but each narrates it differently. In Mark, it follows after the instructions that Jesus gives to the disciples at Caesarea Philippi and after six days. The event is a confirmation by God of the fact that Jesus is indeed Messiah, beloved Son. Most think that the reason for the choice of Elijah and Moses is that the Jews considered them as being alive in the presence of God. Jesus is superior even to these figures.

In Mk the order is Elijah and Moses. In Matthew, the order is Moses and Elijah (so Luke) to emphasize the two personalities of the OT who received revelation on Mount Sinai (Ex 19:33-34; 1 Kgs 19:9-13) and personify the Law and the prophets. While in Mt Jesus is the New Moses and Luke emphasizes the approaching passion, Mark sees in the transfiguration the glorious manifestation of the hidden Messiah. Briefly the disciples experience the heavenly quality of Jesus. Jesus is no less Messiah when his Messianic glory is hidden in the passion, than he is at the Transfiguration.

Elijah was regarded as the prophet who would come before the Lord (Malachi 3:24-25; 4:5) as his messenger. Jesus’ reply in John suggests that Elijah has indeed come in John the Baptist is an indication that he is the Lord.

There are times in our lives when everything goes according to plan and at those times it is easy to see that God is on our side. However, when we are faced with trials and when things do not work out, as we want them to, then the transfiguration is a reminder to us that even when carrying our cross we are still beloved by God.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Heb 11:1-7; Mk 9:2-13

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Heb 11:1-7; Mk 9:2-13


  1. Who did the scribes say would come before the Messiah?

  2. John the Baptist
    Elijah
    Elisha

  3. After how many days did Jesus take the disciples to the mountain?

  4. Seven days
    Six days
    Eight days

  5. Who wanted to make three booths on the mountain?

  6. James
    Peter
    John

  7. Who was warned by God of events as yet unseen?

  8. Moses
    Abraham
    Noah

  9. Who does Hebrews say offered a more acceptable sacrifice?

  10. Cain
    Abel
    Cain and Abel

  11. Which Old Testament figures appeared with Jesus on the mountain?

  12. Elijah and Moses
    Elijah and Elisha
    Elijah and Samuel

  13. Who does Hebrews say was taken up so he should not see death?

  14. Enoch
    Moses
    Elisha

  15. What did men of old receive by faith?

  16. Many gifts and blessings
    Divine approval
    All that they asked for

  17. Which three disciples did Jesus take to the mountain?

  18. Peter, James and Andrew
    Peter, James and John
    Peter, James and Matthew

  19. What is the message of the readings of today?

  20. Jesus is as much Messiah in his transfiguration as in his Passion
    Jesus is king of kings
    Jesus saves through his death and resurrection

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Audio Reflections of Friday, February 22, 2019 The Chair of St. Peter

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Friday, February 22, 2019 - The Chair of St. Peter - If Jesus were to ask you the question he asked the disciples, what would your response be?


To read the texts click on the texts: 1 Pet 5:1-4; Mt 16:13-19
The Chair of St. Peter is a feast which celebrates the Lord’s choice of Peter to be the servant-leader of the Church. The choice of Peter is indicative of what the Church is. On the one hand Peter was over zealous, brash, impulsive, spontaneous and ready to die for the Lord, while on the other he would deny the Lord and run away when trouble arose. The Church as a whole has been like Peter. Yet, this is whom the Lord chooses and continues to choose, broken men and women called to heal a broken world.

The Gospel text chosen for the feast is popularly known as “Peter’s Confession”. The question of Jesus concerning his identity is not because he wanted to be informed about people’s opinion of him, but to draw a contrast between people’s answers and the answer of the disciples. Matthew is the only evangelist who adds Jeremiah to the answers of the people. Some think that Matthew has done so because of Jeremiah’s association with the fall of Jerusalem. Others think that Jeremiah is mentioned because of his prophecy of the new covenant.

After hearing through the disciples what the people have to say about his identity, Jesus asks the disciples the same question. The “you” is plural and therefore addressed to all disciples. It is also emphatic. Simon Peter answers on behalf of the group. Matthew adds “the Son of the living God” to Mark’s “Christ”. Only in Matthew does Jesus respond directly to Peter. Peter is not blessed because of a personal achievement, but because of the gift he received from God. Jesus names Peter as rock, the one who holds the keys and the one who binds and looses. Rock here stands for foundation, and though Peter is the foundation, Jesus is the builder. The holder of keys was one who had authority to teach and the one who binds and looses is the one who had authority to interpret authoritatively. The reason for ordering them to tell no one is to reinforce the idea that the community founded by Jesus is distinct from Israel who rejected Jesus.

The feast of today invites us to reflect on two aspects in the Church. The first of these is that authority in the Church does not mean domination but always service. The model of this service is Jesus and it is him that we must imitate. The second is that even as we are broken ourselves and sinners, we are called to heal the world. This is because like in Peter’s case so in ours, it was not his merit that made him the leader of the Church, it was the grace of God which worked in him despite his sin.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1 Pet 5:1-4; Mt 16:13-19

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1 Pet 5:1-4; Mt 16:13-19


  1. In which other Gospel did Jesus ask the question about his identity?

  2. Matthew
    Luke
    Matthew and Luke

  3. Besides John the Baptist which are the other prophets named in the peoples answer?

  4. Elisha and Elijah
    Elijah and Jeremiah
    Elisha and Jeremiah

  5. From which letter of Peter is the first reading of today taken?

  6. First
    Second
    Third

  7. In which district did Jesus ask the disciples the question about his identity?

  8. Galilee
    Caesare′a Philippi
    Capernaum

  9. What does the feast of the Chair of Peter mean?

  10. Authority in the Church means service
    Those who are given authority must lead by serving
    The builder of the Church is Christ

  11. What does the Lord say he will build on Peter the rock?

  12. His Kingdom
    His Church
    His Empire

  13. Who answered the question on behalf of the disciples?

  14. Simon Peter
    Peter
    Simon

  15. What was Peter's answer according to Matthew?

  16. You are the Christ of God
    You are the Christ
    You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

  17. What will the elders gain when the Chief Shepherd appears?

  18. The ability to work miracles
    The unfading crown of glory
    Great riches and honour

  19. What is the message of the readings of today?

  20. Jesus continues to choose sinners to lead his Church
    We are all sinners. The grace of Goc cleanses us
    Without God's grace we are nothing

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Audio Reflections of Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - When troubles come your way, do you ask God to remove them or do you pray for the strength to face them squarely?

To read the texts click on the texts: Gen 9:1-13; Mk 8:27-33
The story that forms part of our text for today (8:27-30) is titled by many as “Peter’s Confession”. The place where Jesus asks his disciples questions about his identity is termed by Mark as “the villages of Caesarea Philippi” which Matthew corrects to “the region of Caesarea Philippi” (Mt 16:13). 

The first question of Jesus concerns the opinion of people or the common opinion. The views expressed are already in 6:14-16, namely: John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets. This obviously is an inadequate description of who Jesus really is, and this is why the disciples as a group are asked about Jesus’ identity.
Peter replies on behalf of the group that Jesus is the Messiah or Christ. 

In Mark, we come across yet again the command to silence after this confession, and concerns not making known that Jesus is the Messiah. The reason for this seems to be that since the confession is made before the passion, it will not have taken into account that aspect of the life of Jesus. This is why immediately after the command to silence Mark has the first of three passion and resurrection predictions (8:31). For the first time Mark informs us that Jesus “said all this quite openly” (8:32). On hearing Jesus speak about his suffering, death and resurrection, Peter who had earlier confessed that Jesus was Messiah begins to rebuke Jesus. The meaning is that Peter thinks that Jesus is insane and needs to be exorcised of the demon that has possessed him. Jesus in turn calls Peter, Satan. This is because in his confession, Peter had not included the suffering and death of the Messiah. Jesus will remain obedient to God even if it means laying down his life in total surrender and no one can come in the way of that obedience.

It is not easy for us to accept that suffering is a part of life itself and that there will be times when we are tested and tried. However, as Christians we must also note that suffering can never be the end and that since God wants only what is good for us we are loved unconditionally even in our suffering.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Gen 9:1-13; Mk 8:27-33

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Gen 9:1-13; Mk 8:27-33


  1. Who answered Jesus question about his identity on behalf of the disciples?

  2. Peter
    James'
    John

  3. With whom did God make the covenant?

  4. With Moses and his sons
    With Noah and his sons
    With Abraham and his sons

  5. After how many days did Jesus say he would rise again?

  6. Two
    Three
    Four

  7. Who did Peter say Jesus was?

  8. The Christ of God
    The Christ
    The Christ, the son of the living God

  9. To which place did Jesus go with his disciples?

  10. Jerusalem
    Caesare′a Philippi
    Capernaum

  11. By whom would Jesus say he would be rejected?

  12. The Pharisees and scribes
    The elders and the chief priests
    The elders and Pharisees

  13. Which Old Testament prophet did people think Jesus was?

  14. Elisha
    Elijah
    Moses

  15. What did God set in the cloud as a sign of the covenant?

  16. A bow
    An arrow
    A seal

  17. Whom did Jesus call Satan?

  18. Beelzebul
    The devil
    Peter

  19. What is the message of the readings of today?

  20. Jesus is the Messiah but who suffers and dies and rises again
    Jesus is unafraid to go to his death if it means salvation
    Jesus saves by his death and resurrection

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Audio Reflections of Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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