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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 19, 2016

A HUMANIZING QUESTION

Who do you say that I am? It really is the question, is it not? But it is not the normal question. Most of us would ask questions like what do people thinking of my teachings? Or what impression am I making?

But Jesus asks, Who do you say that I am? Bishop Robert Barron claims that the whole of the Gospel hinges on this question. Jesus compels a choice the way no other religious founder does. “Either you are with me or you are against me,” he says. We either believe he is the Son of God, or we don’t. And if we do, then we must also believe all that he says – we must give our whole life to him – he has to be the centre of our lives.

And if he is not who he says he is, then he is a dangerous, misguided fanatic.

And in an era when we can seem at at times allergic to making a choice; when our preference is to keep our options open as much as possible, Jesus question can be a terrifying one indeed.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1; Psalm 63; Galations 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24)

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