Reflection 8
August 24, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 16:13-20

Jesus 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, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church … I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Sharing the Mission

A friend wrote about Frederic Ozanam: “He has the sacred fire.  There is such an air of interior conviction in this man, that without the appearance of doing so, he convinces and moves you.” Frederic’s sacred fire was faith.  Faith for Frederic Ozanam was indeed a living reality that permeated his entire being; it was his “second sight.”  Yet it was a hard-won gift.  Frederic attributes the foundation of his faith to his parents. “In the midst of an age of skepticism, God gave me the grace to be born in the true faith. As a child I listened at the feet of a Christian father and a saintly mother.”

Prayer

(Together)  O Father, you reveal to us that Jesus is your Son.
Deepen our faith to see you in the events of our lives. We pray for all parents,
May they guide their children in the ways of faith.
Give us the sacred fire of Frederic,
That our faith will have his interior conviction.
When Jesus asks us, “Who do you say that I am?”
May we answer with Peter, “You are indeed the Christ.”
(Together) Amen.

Discussion

How do you keep the fire of faith alive in your conference?

Action

As a conference, consider giving a talk about the Society to a local Catholic primary school.