Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Journey With Matthew - Day 25

Read Matthew 16:13-28.

Today we reach the halfway point in our journey and the folks at The 50 Day Bible Challenge have planned well, since we have arrived in Caesarea Philippi. In this confession that Jesus is the Christ, we begin to set our faces toward Jerusalem - where Jesus insists this journey must lead.

I want to share a paragraph from The 50 Day Bible Challenge written in today's reflection by Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real.
"Who do you say that I am?" is a question designed to help the disciples learn something more of Jesus. But importantly, at a critical juncture of the story, perhaps they need to learn something about themselves. Are they ready for what lies ahead? As they ponder all that they have seen and heard, the disciples need to say what Jesus in his fullness is to them personally. This work of salvation has breadth in the ways it may be interpreted. At some point it must become a part of the heart, mind, and soul of the disciples. They cannot remain spectators to all that they have seen and heard. They must understand themselves as part of the story. 
On a more personal note - Bishop Gray-Reeves' husband, Michael, died in a tragic biking accident this past weekend. See the report here.

Please keep her and her family in your prayers. May Michael rest in peace, and rise in glory.

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