Daily Gospel Reflection for February 21, 2019


Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27-33

Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am?” I wonder if I fully understand, in my limited humanness this side of eternity, the full truth of the answer to this question, and if that truth is even tolerable.

When I say tolerable, I think of visceral reactions to things like too much stress, or sweets, or exposure to the sun. We are fragile beings, though we would like to think otherwise, and have predictable responses when we have reached our limits.

Are we not to tell of Jesus’ limitlessness before we’ve first grappled with the Incarnation? Once we’ve come to — somewhat limited — terms with the Who of Emmanuel, we’re not to keep that realization to ourselves. That insecurity of not having the full truth is Satan’s doing, not what God wants.

A friend had shared with me when he sat in adoration reflecting on God’s words, “I AM”, he was touched by being made aware that “I am, too”

That “I am”, in small case, is a kind of acceptance that I am as God has made me. Human, fragile, and a soul struggling to come to terms and tolerate the immensity of God’s love even in my hampered knowing.


In doing my best to understand the immensity of who Jesus is, do I accept who I am as his sibling?


Lord Jesus, help me to know You as best I can and to not fear sharing that limited but heartfelt truth with others.

Copyright 2019 Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB

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Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB lives an eremitic life and is the author of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, 2nd Edition, and A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac. A freelance writer with a Benedictine spirituality, Margaret has a master’s degree in communications and is a Certified Greenhouse Grower, Advanced Master Gardener, liturgical garden consultant, and workshop/retreat leader.

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