The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, February 15, 2007
Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 9:1-13
Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
Mark 8:27-33

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

When the day came for Jesus to teach his disciples about His upcoming suffering, death and resurrection, faithful Peter did not want to accept this teaching and took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him. Jesus responded by saying, “Get behind me Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Peter loved Jesus so much, he could only respond with his heart. He was thinking according to man’s way, not God’s way. We are not accustomed to thinking God’s way, and cannot develop this way of thinking without being taught through prayer.

This brings to my mind a beautiful prayer, written by a greatly-respected senior priest at our church, Father Val, who just turned 90 in November. As far as his parishioners are concerned, he is a saint. Father Val’s life mission is to save souls, and he is doing just that, through his vocation, and through this magnificent prayer, which he created for us so that we, like Peter, can learn to think according to God’s way, not ours.

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, open my mind that I may think according to Your ways – not according to man’s way or my way. Enlighten me, Lord, guard me, guide me, and teach me. Fill me with the most precious gifts of the Most Holy Trinity. Fill me with the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord – with genuine humility and obedience.”

“O Lord, open my lips only for You to speak and act through me, with me and in me all the days of my life. Without you Lord – seal my lips (keep me silent).”

“Keep me faithful to Your teaching and never let me be parted from you, O Lord. Amen.”
– Reverend Valerian Rykowski

Elizabeth Tichvon (elizabethtichvon at comcast dot net)

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