Thursday, 20th February – Thursday of week 6 of the year

Reflection: Mark 8:27-33


The word “Christ” comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah”, which means “Anointed.” It is proper to Jesus only because he accomplished perfectly the divine mission that “Christ” signifies. Jesus asked His disciples today, “Who do you say I am” and Peter responded, “You are Christ”. The response of Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit and borne out of deep conviction of the person of Jesus to Him.

Dear Friends, Christ is asking us today, “Who do you say I am”? Is Christ one who helps you when failures or troubles come your way alone? Or one who helps you when you have financial crisis or challenges of life alone? Or one heals you of your ailments and grants you good health alone? Or one you run to when your academics is going down alone? Or is Christ your Friend, who you open all your life to? Let us reflect on this, and see the aspect(s) we have given to Christ in our life.

I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness (John10:10). Christ is not interested in a part of our life, rather, in its totality and fullness. He wants to be the Lord and Master of our life. He wants to come in and take charge. Behold He is knocking at the door of our hearts, let us open to Him and He will take charge as the Lord of our lives (Rev. 3:20).

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to recognize always that you are the pillar that holds my life. Amen.


Jesus means in Hebrew: “God saves”. At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as His proper name, which expresses both His identity and His mission. Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus His eternal Son made man, “will save His people from their sins.” In Jesus, God recapitulates all of His history of salvation on behalf of men.

HIDE A TREASURE: “All things were made through Him and without Him nothing came to be. Whatever has come to be, found life in Him, life which for humans was also light.” John 1:3-4 CCB

Readings for today: James 2:1-9, Psalm 34:2-7, Mark 8:27-33