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13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

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13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by solomon on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:00 pm

29 June 2008
13th Sunday Ordinary Time
Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul
(pista Inabanggga hihihi)

- from Barclay's New Testament Commentary

THE SCENE OF THE GREAT DISCOVERY
Matthew 16:13-16

"When Jesus had come into the districts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, `Who do men say that the Son of Man is?' They said, `Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He said to them, `And you--who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered, `You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God.'

Here we have the story of another withdrawal which Jesus made. The end was coming very near and Jesus needed all the time alone with his disciples that he could gain. He had so much to say to them and so much to teach them, although there were many things which then they could not bear and could not understand.

To that end he withdrew to the districts of Caesarea Philippi. Caesarea Philippi lies about twenty-five miles north-east of the Sea of Galilee. It was outside the domain of Herod Antipas, who was the ruler of Galilee, and within the area of Philip the Tetrarch. The population was mainly non-Jewish, and there Jesus would have peace to teach the Twelve.

Confronting Jesus at this time was one clamant and demanding problem. His time was short; his days in the flesh were numbered. The problem was--was there anyone who understood him? Was there anyone who had recognized him for who and what he was? Were there any who, when he was gone from the flesh, would carry on his work, and labour for his kingdom? Obviously that was a crucial problem, for it involved the very survival of the Christian faith. If there were none who had grasped the truth, or even glimpsed it, then all his work was undone; if there were some few who realized the truth, his work was safe. So Jesus was determined to put all to the test and ask his followers who they believed him to be.

It is of the most dramatic interest to see where Jesus chose to ask this question. There can have been few districts with more religious associations than Caesarea Philippi.

(i) The area was scattered with temples of the ancient Syrian Baal worship. Thomson in The Land and the Book enumerates no fewer than fourteen such temples in the near neighbourhood. Here was an area where the breath of ancient religion was in the very atmosphere. Here was a place beneath the shadow of the ancient gods.

(ii) Not only the Syrian gods had their worship here. Hard by Caesarea Philippi there rose a great hill, in which was a deep cavern; and that cavern was said to be the birthplace of the great god Pan, the god of nature. So much was Caesarea Philippi identified with that god that its original name was Panias, and to this day the place is known as Banias. The legends of the gods of Greece gathered around Caesarea Philippi.

(iii) Further, that cave was said to be the place where the sources of the Jordan sprang to life. Josephus writes: "This is a very fine cave in a mountain, under which there is a great cavity in the earth; and the cavern is abrupt, and prodigiously deep, and full of still water. Over it hangs a vast mountain, and under the cavern arise the springs of the River Jordan." The very idea that this was the place where the River Jordan took its rise would make it redolent of all the memories of Jewish history. The ancient faith of Judaism would be in the air for anyone who was a devout and pious Jew.

(iv) But there was something more. In Caesarea Philippi there was a great temple of white marble built to the godhead of Caesar. It had been built by Herod the Great. Josephus says: "Herod adorned the place, which was already a very remarkable one, still further by the erection of this temple, which he dedicated to Caesar." In another place Josephus describes the cave and the temple: "And when Caesar had further bestowed on Herod another country, he built there also a temple of white marble, hard by the fountains of Jordan. The place is called Panium, where there is the top of a mountain which is raised to an immense height, and at its side, beneath, or at its bottom, a dark cave opens itself; within which there is a horrible precipice that descends abruptly to a vast depth. It contains a mighty quantity of water, which is immovable; and when anyone lets down anything to measure the depth of the earth beneath the water, no length of cord is sufficient to reach it." Later it was Philip, Herod's son, who further beautified and enriched the temple, changed the name of Panias to Caesarea--Caesar's town--and added his own name--Philippi, which means of Philip--to distinguish it from the Caesarea on the coasts of the Mediterranean. Still later, Herod Agrippa was to call the place Neroneas in honour of the Emperor Nero. No one could look at Caesarea Philippi, even from the distance, without seeing that pile of glistening marble, and thinking of the might and of the divinity of Rome.

Here indeed is a dramatic picture. Here is a homeless, penniless Galilaean carpenter, with twelve very ordinary men around him. At the moment the orthodox are actually plotting and planning to destroy him as a dangerous heretic. He stands in an area littered with the temples of the Syrian gods; in a place where the ancient Greek gods looked down; in a place where the history of Israel crowded in upon the minds of men; where the white marble splendour of the home of Caesar--worship dominated the landscape and compelled the eye. And there--of all places--this amazing carpenter stands and asks men who they believe him to be, and expects the answer, The Son of God. It is as if Jesus deliberately set himself against the background of the world's religions in all their history and their splendour, and demanded to be compared with them and to have the verdict given in his favour. There are few scenes where Jesus' consciousness of his own divinity shines out with a more dazzling light.
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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by bobcat on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:05 pm

TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!


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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by solomon on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:10 pm

bobcat wrote:TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INGABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!
kinto rizal, kinto!
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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by bobcat on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:12 pm

solomon wrote:
bobcat wrote:TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INGABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!
kinto rizal, kinto!
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WA BA KAHA PULIHI NI PABLING ANG RIZAL DIDTO HEHEHEHE
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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by solomon on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:15 pm

bobcat wrote:TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INGABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!
hayahay prosesyon nila kay ag pick-up rang kuya fel (lol!) ang isuroy lol!
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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by bobcat on Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:29 pm

solomon wrote:
bobcat wrote:TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INGABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!
hayahay prosesyon nila kay ag pick-up rang kuya fel (lol!) ang isuroy lol!

ug dayan-dayanan sa mga ferns, rosas, manila paper ug buwak nga utot-utot hahahahaha
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Re: 13TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

Post by solomon on Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:16 pm

bobcat wrote:
solomon wrote:
bobcat wrote:TOOD, MAMISTA TAS INABANGA...UG ATONG SANO FELTABS.
SA TAGA-INGABANGA..HAPPY FIESTA!!!
hayahay prosesyon nila kay ag pick-up rang kuya fel (lol!) ang isuroy lol!

ug dayan-dayanan sa mga ferns, rosas, manila paper ug buwak nga utot-utot hahahahaha
klaro kau nga ang mga lourdesians dajon ang magdayan-dayan lol!

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