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Gospel

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
LK 9:18-22


Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 

They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” 

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 

Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reflection

Bob Cogan ‘80

In this Gospel, we hear that Jesus was praying alone—again. Jesus often prayed alone: we hear about him praying alone on mountaintops, in the Garden of Gethsemane, even during his 40 days in the desert. This has always struck me as a bit strange. After all, didn’t he have more important things to do while he was on earth rather than to pray alone? There was no end to the number of sick people he could heal; there were people to raise from the dead and demons to scare off. In the passage immediately preceding this one, he fed 5,000 people.

I find it very difficult to find time to pray alone. There are so many other important priorities. As a teacher, there are always more papers to grade or students to help. As a parent and husband, there are countless responsibilities—not to mention being a good friend and keeping up with the news and social media. All of these are pretty important to me.

Jesus teaches us a great lesson, however. Despite all of the important things he accomplished during his public ministry, he consistently took time to pray.

A number of years ago I made a major career change and left the business world to become a teacher. It was a very difficult decision and I had a hard time deciding what was the right career path for me. Eventually, it was being alone in prayer with God that helped me think clearly and see the path I was supposed to take.

I recently read that God should pull civilization over for speeding. We are all so busy doing many things as fast as we can. If Jesus needed time to pray, we most certainly need to pray as well to be sure we are on the right road. Going on the wrong road quickly only gets us to the wrong place faster.

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Prayer

Father Jarrod Waugh, CSC

Jesus Christ is Lord. This is our profession, but we can struggle to live it out. By God’s Grace we can continue to give over every part of our lives, every part of ourselves, into Christ’s hands. As the Constitutions of Holy Cross state, “There is no failure the Lord’s love cannot reverse, no humiliation he cannot exchange for blessing, no anger he cannot dissolve, no routine he cannot transfigure. All is swallowed up in victory.” Jesus, do not relent until every part of us proclaims your name. Amen.

Saint

St. Pacifico of San Severino, you would not let debilitating illness stand in the way of pursuing holiness--pray for us!