A beautiful image of our Christian dignity, though not a direct one. ‘I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; should he open, one shall close, should he close, none shall open…he will become a throne of glory for his father’s house’ (Is 22:23) This shows the dignity of the Christian soul, in our relationship to the office of our Lord. An image comes to our mind, as it were, all of us are ‘knighted’, again, indirectly, by the Father.
All of our readings invite us to see on the side of Christ. They invite us to see the dignity which the participation in his work enthrusts upon us. Thaty is why we pray:‘I thank you, Lord, with all my heart: you have heard the wrods of my mouth.’ This image, from our responsorial psalm, highlights ‘the role of our mouth’, the importance of a permanent and regular prayer.
Thus, as our second reading shows us, we can contemplate ‘how rich are the depths of God, how deep his wisdom and knowledge, and how impossible to penetrate his motives and understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?...To him be glory for ever!’
Regular prayer, both in words and in charity, will enable us to repeat Peter’s words: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!’ Let us think about, what happens, when we share these words. Let it be our prayer, repeated in many times, in many situations. This prayer will make a wonderful difference. Our joy will be increased, the wounds we caused to others, and the ones we received, will be healed, and our heart, and our world, will become more beautiful. At least, closer to the beauty where it is supposed to be.
Let me share a detail of an icon, which shows Christ’s face. The exercise is simple. Just contemplate the beauty of Christ’s divine lips. See in it the wisdom of the eternal Son of God, his outpouring and healing love, the words of his teaching ministry. These lips spoke to Peter; they spoke to the Father, and they are speaking to us. The ‘exercise’ is to link our own mouth to that of our Saviour. Let us imitate him, let us see the positivity of his words, which left his lips, the thoughts, which were formed into words, which went through his throat and toungue. Let this Love purify our thoughts, our mouth, our breathing.
Let we speak, and think, and act, as Jesus intends us to speak, think and act. Let our first words be, before anything else that follows, good resolutions, prayers, those of Saint Peter. ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..