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Liturgical day: Sunday 12th (C) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 9,18-24): «If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me». One day, when Jesus was praying alone, not far from his disciples, He asked them, «What do people say about me?». And they answered, «Some say that you are John the Baptist; others say that you are Elijah, and still others that you are one of the former prophets risen from the dead». Again Jesus asked them, «Who then do you say I am?». Peter answered, «The Messiah of God». Then Jesus spoke to them, giving them strict orders not to tell this to anyone.

And He added, «The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the elders and chief priests and teachers of the Law, and put to death. Then after three days he will be raised to life». Jesus also said to all the people, «If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, just like in Jesus' times, many things are said about Him, "Some say, John the Baptist; others Elijah..." The same goes for the Church and the Pope (whether he should open up; whether he should be silent; that those things are part of the past…). There are all sorts of opinions! (As if it were a matter of science fiction). Being in front God, shouldn't we search more and opine less? How easy it is to have an opinion about Jesus Christ without following in his footprints!

—But when Jesus asks you in particular, "What do you say about me?" What will you answer then? Or in front of others, what do you say about Him?