Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of the Prophet Haggai 2:1-9, Psalm 43:1, 2, 3,4, & Luke 9:18-22
Why did Jesus "rebuke and direct" His disciples to be silent about His identity as the anointed Son of God? It makes me wonder if Jesus trusted the men who were hand-picked by Him to proclaim His Holy Gospel. Or perhaps Jesus knew that they did not fully understand His mission and how He would accomplish it?
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church, explains the reason for this command of silence, he writes:
"There were things yet unfulfilled which must also be included in their preaching about Him. They must also proclaim the cross, the passion, and the death in the flesh. They must preach the resurrection of the dead, that great and truly glorious sign by which testimony has borne Him that the Emmanuel is truly God and by nature the Son of God the Father. He utterly abolished death and wiped out destruction. He robbed hell and overthrew the tyranny of the enemy. He took away the sin of the world, opened the gates above to the dwellers upon earth, and united earth to heaven. These things proved Him to be, as I said, in truth God. He commanded them, therefore, to guard the mystery by a seasonable silence until the whole plan of the dispensation should arrive at a suitable conclusion."
If we want to share in the victory of the Lord Jesus, then we must also take our cross and follow where He leads us. To know Jesus is to know the power of His victory on the cross where He defeated sin and conquered death through His resurrection. The Holy Spirit gives each of us the gifts and strength we need to live as daughters and sons of God. The Holy Spirit gives us faith to know the Lord Jesus personally as our Redeemer, and the power to live the Gospel faithfully, and the courage to witness to others the joy, truth, and freedom of the Good News of Christ.
Question of the Day: How will you learn more fully to understand the true mission of Christ the Lord?
Prayer: "The Son of Man came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Amen."