Commentary on the Gospel of

Claretian Bible Diary


Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and Companions / Wenceslaus


What is the difference between the questions:  “Who do the crowds say I am?” and “Who do you say I am?”  In a word, the difference is suffering.  To answer the first, you need to be a religious journalist; to answer the second, you need to put your cards on the table – or rather, your life on the line.  The word “to suffer” means “to allow”:  to allow faith to penetrate you is to suffer; it is to lose that arm’s length that the journalist maintains so carefully.


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