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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 18, 2021

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MONDAY, January 18         The Confession of Peter

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

“Who do you say that I am?” My spiritual director gave this question to me to contemplate for a liturgical season. She was clear: “Don’t try to spiritualize the question. Don’t try to be abstract with it or mystical: Just look at every word and think about your answer.”

Who do you say that I am? I started asking questions. “Do you want me to answer who I think Jesus is?” She said, “Go wherever it takes you.” And so I did. But as I reflected, I found myself talking to myself a bit, asking the same question. Who do I say that I am? And I wondered, if I asked this question of those I work with, those I live with, what would their answer be?

MOVING FORWARD: “Who do you say that I am?” is not a question we ask very often. Answer the very question Jesus asks—but think about what others would say about you.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lincoln (England), Springfield (USA), and Goma (Congo)

Ps 23 | Acts 4:8-13 | 1 Peter 5:1-4 | Matthew 16:13-19

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