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dc.contributor.authorLenz, Tomen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 410en_US
dc.description.abstractToday, in Matthew's Gospel reading there are a few instances where Jesus talks with his disciples about how God communicates with them. The first is when he asks them, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" Of course, the answer is something other than the Son of God. He then asks his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" They reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." To this Jesus tells Peter that the reason they know this to be true is because God has revealed it to them. They did not learn this from each other, but only through God.|This exchange between Jesus and his disciples got me thinking about how we get to know "things" through God. Recently, I have been trying to understand what it means to be a contemplative. As I begin to understand it, contemplation is simply a way of communicating with God. In order to do this, we must be open to God's communication with us by being present in the moment, calming our minds to the distractions of the world, and by being reflective. St. Ignatius called it being a "contemplative in action" because he believed that God is continually communicating with us and through these communications he guides our actions.|So, how do we know when God is communicating with us? This is the question that easy to ask because we can sometimes be skeptical. But, when we are one with God and God is one with us in the moment, there is a feeling. This feeling is unique and sometimes difficult to describe. But it is wonderful and you know it comes from God.|The disciples of Jesus knew that he was the Son of God because they had that feeling that could only come from God. The feeling that God was communicating directly with each of them in a very personal way to let them know that Jesus was his son. This feeling is not one that comes from another person, but only from and through God. Learning how to be a contemplative has been amazing because I have come to understand that God is a living God and is with me at every moment of every day loving me and guiding my actions. My prayer for all of us is that we can be present and open to the everyday communications with God so that we can feel his love and guidance.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday August 8, 2019: 18th Week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Pharmacyen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLenz, Thomas L.en_US Timeen_US 18en_US
dc.subject.local1Numbers 20:1-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 16:13-23en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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