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Doctrines & Morals

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven

Eccl. 3:1-11, Lk. 9:18-22. Today's first reading presents us with the insight that everything has its time: "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." The author knows that everything has its purpose, “an appointed time for everything”, but feels that his life has grown repetitive and monotonous. His mood might have been lighter if he had shared the belief of the early Christians that “here we have no lasting city but seek one which is to come” (Heb. 13:14). We can learn from experience how to get our timing better. The more we are in tune with God, the better our timing will be. The timing of Jesus is perfect, because He is completely in tune with God.

Today's Gospel also sees a supremely new “moment” in the coming of Jesus, whom Peter’s faith proclaims as the Messiah. This was an important episode which is reported in the three synoptic Gospels. After a time of prayer He asks the decisive question: "Who do you say I am?" The time had also come to tell them the kind of Christ that He is, the Son of Man who would suffer much, be put to death and then be raised up. Like Mark (8:29ff), Luke makes no mention of Peter being appointed as the Rock to whom Jesus entrusted the "Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven." Strangely, Jesus preferred to call himself “Son of Man” rather than Messiah; for it was better suited to express the kind of Messiah he would be, foreseeing the hard, sacrificial end of His ministry. The Son of Man came among us “to serve, not to be served” (Mk 8:45) and this is a lesson that we must learn from, to be ready to serve.

May the Lord guide our thoughts, words and actions, so that what we do may be pleasing to God! Amen!! Stay safe and have a great day!!!

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