Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/21

Impulse: Not flesh and blood has revealed this to you, but My Heavenly Father

Sunday

21st Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

Not flesh and blood has revealed this to you, but My Heavenly Father. (Verse 17)

There are two ways for things to be revealed to us, through “flesh and blood” and those that come directly from heaven.  The last builds on the first.  When Jesus calls Simon “BarJonah” he is emphasizing Simon’s earthly descent: “You are Simon, Son of Jonah.”  When He later gives him the new name “Peter”, He indicates that this name is a supernatural designation, which is a gift of God.  The supernatural revelation builds onto the natural.

Not flesh and blood has revealed this to you, but My Heavenly Father.

Through flesh and blood we are originated and born, through the witness of our parents, through Priests, and teachers we received the foundations of our faith.  Since our early childhood, however, supernatural grace has been at work in us, especially when we received baptism.  Yet the supernatural effect of God is often hidden.  I myself can remember the time in my youth when my parents had taught me about faith, but was completely unaware of the supernatural that was within me.  Through flesh and blood, I received the message from Christ, but my Father in Heaven had not yet revealed Himself to me.  As a result, my faith was very weak and under attack by many doubts.  I could not believe or imagine that I could turn to a personal God who can intervene in my life.  But I remember the day clearly when my Father in Heaven revealed Himself to me.  From that point on everything was different.  In an indescribable clarity, I was shown God’s truth, which I could not doubt anymore thereafter.

Not flesh and blood has revealed this to you, but My Heavenly Father.

We cannot bring such grace forth through our own efforts.  It is purely a gift from God.  But we can do something:  Like Peter we can stay in the presence of Jesus.  We can try to live the words of Jesus.  We can give our “yes” to God again and again, an unconditional yes, if possible.  We can pray, for example “Yes Lord, I am willing to give You my life! Do with me as You please! I will follow You, wherever You want me to!”  When we pray this, we are opening ourselves up for a very personal relationship.  It is the best precondition for God to reveal Himself to us. This is supported in the promise that Jesus made in John 14:21 “Whoever loves Me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.”

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