Sunday Devotional: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’

Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
He came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God, with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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11 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

    A prayer for all of those folks in Texas who are being affected by Storm Harvey. Stay safe and think before you drive across or into any water.

    kommonsentsjane

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  2. Before all let’s pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, HE will help you rise above all the misery and like him YOU will rise even stronger in faith. You will rebuild your lifes and all is going to be brand new -it’s a new beginning. Don’t despair, there’s always calm after the storm. DON’T LEAVE YOUR TOWN AND ABANDON YOUR COMMUNITY, STAY PUT, rebuild, and renew old friendships while you make new friendsI Remember with HIM all, without HIM we cease to exist. Alma.

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  3. Thank You Dr. Eowyn, you are always there, no doubt. Your devotionals make Sundays bright and full of inspiration for the rest of the week.

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  4. Saints and lamia

    Dr. E, during mass we were reminded about of a few things Christ expects from us that maybe we lose sight of of at times for any number of reasons. Don’t be afraid, go to him, do not doubt him. We are in a constant struggle and fight in the midst of the wicked forces around us. If we manage to do these things Christ expects from us, we will overcome these obstacles. Alaha Natarak (Aramaic: God be with you).

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  5. Thank you. for the reflection. Mass was wonderful this morning.

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  6. Our Lord has done a number of things in this exchange. First, He has reacted to the news that went around as to His Identity. So, obviously, He has already proved His Holy Credentials by the miracles He has already performed. So He asks His Apostles what they HEARD, not necessarily what they THOUGHT. (This is further proof that Christ takes counsel from NO MAN). Peter comes forward and delivers his epic response; Our Lord states the Source of Peter’s knowledge.

    And Jesus goes on to link this knowledge to the End He had in mind: He would found His Church upon Peter, as Pope, and granting to him (and his successors) a share of the Authority of God thereby. So Our Lord goes from the Knowledge of Christ’s Identity straight to the Institution He would found to carry on His Plan of Salvation. In other words, while respecting the natural limitations of space and time, Jesus has created the End without the natural limitations of natural causation.

    This matter of secondary causes is of paramount importance: When God Said, “Let there be Light!” behold, there was light. This happened BEFORE He Created the stars. If you or I want light, we have to get up, walk over to the switch on the wall and flick it. God is not limited by these secondary causes. Thus when others came to Jesus and said they were blind, or lame, or that his daughter was dead, Our Lord delivered the end of the remedy they desired WITHOUT the secondary cause of the required time needed for the cure, which was, naturally, not possible in this Life.
    I have had my own problems with my own limitations, and I know I am a poor excuse for a Roman Catholic. I have discovered that it is my own concupiscence I must battle daily, and NOT the Commands of Christ, Our Only Hope for Salvation. I am learning that Jesus is NOT someone to be argued or debated with. I have more years behind me than in front of me, and although I have seen others who have made worse mistakes than I and get farther ahead, materially, than I, I am to keep my eye on His Commands, and not to compare myself to others.

    As for History, I believe Christ and His Institution of Holy Mother Church, headed by a Pope. And I still respect History, given what occurred to the Church with the death of Pius XII and the Election of John XXIII. I believe the Church, as Christ’s Mystical Body, is undergoing the same Passion as Our Lord did, only under a different appearance. We may not live to see Our Lady’s Triumph, but no matter: We are to soldier on until Christ punches our clocks, because He is the Master Who Knows precisely what He is doing.

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  7. Thank you for posting the Nicene Creed. While reading it I noticed that the author’s overlooked the fact that Christ descended into hell/hades to set the captives free. A minor oversight, I’m sure.

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  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful devotional…
    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

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  9. Thank you, all. Your fellowship is a source of solace in these very trying times.

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  10. Thank you, Dr. E. I am not a Roman Catholic, but look forward to your Sunday devotionals. We are all guided and strengthened by our shared belief, …”and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Thank Lord Jesus, I beg that you bring comfort to the people of Texas. Through You they will find the strength to persevere.

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