The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is more to the story!

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

Come away with me to Saint Peter’s Square. Look up and see the statue of Saint Peter dominating the whole place. Walk around the Basilica and try to count the references to Saint Peter. Bend low in the caves and try to catch a glimpse of his tomb.

Here we begin to understand in a very different way that this Peter, our first pope, the one who is all over the New Testament, was a real person. He prayed with other early Christians and was martyred on this soil. We are his descendants in the same band of Christ’s followers.

We encounter this very Peter in today’s gospel. Jesus calls him “Satan,” and tells him to get out of his sight. Peter could not bear the idea that the One he had finally dared to name as Christ would be tortured and die like a common criminal. He could not, would not, understand on that day.

We can take heart from this gospel, because we know there is so much more to the story of Jesus and Peter, and to our own story. Failure is never the only chapter in the love story of God. So we can give ourselves and others the time to grow into God’s grace, in the sure and certain hope that God will lead us ever more deeply into his love.

Marilyn Sweet

Author: Living with Christ

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