Father Labib Kobti

Sunday and Holy Day Reflections

Do you recognize me in others?
Mathew 16:13-20
August, 25


Didn’t you come today to church because the voice of God talked within you that Jesus is the Lord. Don’t we came to mass so as to share with others this same experience of Peter saying: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”(Mat. 16:16) ? Do you feel this with the one who is sitting beside you? Will you live this during the whole week with people who believe in Jesus and be example to others? If we say that Jesus is Lord and we do not feel that He is the one who brings us together and walk with us all the days long, then who is Jesus to us?

The same question asked to the disciples in Caesarea Philippi will be addressed to us: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mat. 16:15). What would you reply? Be honest and read through your life, and answer “who is Jesus for you”. Recall just a day ago or  just some hours ago and think about who was Jesus for you at that time!

Was he a prophet? Was he a person who existed 2000 years ago? Is He a living person in you now? Is he some one that you recognize really, and your daily life expresses his continuous presence in you? Why did you came to mass today then. Be honest! To pray who and with whom and for what? Ask yourself in this moment: Do I recognize Jesus in the people around me now? How many people do I know? Did you say “hi” to somebody that you do not know and recognized that he or she is your sister in Christ? Why many times you are so alone when you come to mass, or why you just hang only with the same people? Do others exist for you? Do Jesus live in them and talked to them as he is talking to you?
Do you know that you just had communion or will have communion and the same Lord will live in you and them and at the same time? Do you see that you are family with others?

Please as soon as you read this, show it to a person at Mass and say: “You are my brother, you are my sister, we share the same Lord”. Smile, shake hand and say: “I will always look for you at mass and will pray with you. We are friends. We love the same Lord and we are loved by the same Lord.



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