Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 11, 2020
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-32
Friends, last Sunday we reflected the same Gospel of today and we focus our meditation on the aspect of fear, and Jesus invited us to have courage and not to be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Today, we focus our reflection and meditation of Jesus’ acknowledgment before our brothers and sisters. He said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others I will deny before My heavenly Father.”
What does it mean when Jesus said ‘to acknowledge Him before our brothers and sisters’? This means simply, ‘to confess or proclaim’ before others that Jesus is our God, Savior and Lord. 1 John 4:15 says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. In 1 John 4:2 it says, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and in the same letter, Chapter 2:23 “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”
Acknowledgment of Jesus is very important. Why? Because there is no other way to God the Father only in Jesus Christ! This is the reason why Jesus was sent here in the world to help us approach the Father through Him. When Adam tear our relationship with God, Jesus the New Adam bridged it through His life, when He offered Himself as sacrifice for the expiation of our sins. His saving act on the cross also re-ignite and re-connect us to God. Let us always remember Jesus himself said, “”Everyone who acknowledges Me before others I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others I will deny before My heavenly Father.”
Do I acknowledge Jesus everyday? Do I acknowledge Jesus before my brothers and sisters?
Prayer: Abba, thank You for giving us Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We acknowledge Him as Son of Yours, God co-equal with You and the Holy Spirit. May we always put Jesus as the center of our lives, and acknowledge Him everyday. Through our Lord Jesus CHrist Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.