Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Unlike a lamp on a lampstand, not everyone who came into Jesus’ presence saw Him as the Light of the world. During a party at Matthew’s house, Pharisees tried to cast doubt by asking why Jesus ate with sinners. The Lord, always eager to enlighten people, compared His ministry among sinners to a doctor working among the sick. Rumors spread as people speculated that John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the other prophets had come back to life as Jesus. Herod had ordered John the Baptist beheaded and wanted to see Jesus for himself. We can picture Jesus’ approval when Peter called Him “the Christ of God.” Like the other Disciples, though, Peter did not want to believe that Jesus would be put to death. Frequently referring to Himself as the Son of Man, the Lord embraced His humanity. When we have a dim view of God’s ways, do we pray that greater understanding will come to light?