Who Are You?
Who do people say you are? Often times, when we think about living a life of faith, we question not only the origins of God, but who God is acting through. There's the prophets of old, the people of Israel, most importantly through Jesus, God's son. These are people we use to grasp an idea of God. When people ask you who you are, what's the first thing that comes to mind? What are things about you, people you associate with, that identify you as a child of God, as a disciple? For me, it's music, art, family, literature, my passion for my faith. Who do people say you are?
Today's Gospel states:'Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men"'(Matthew 16:13-23).
Today's Gospel talks about how Jesus asks his disciples who he is, reaffirming their belief through spoken word. There is much significance in a name, and for them to have even a small understanding of who Jesus is affirms their faith to God. God made each of us special, unique, one of a kind, in order to love, be loved, and to seek Him. When you return to Him one day, how do you want to be remembered on earth? Who will people say you were? Take some time to reflect on this question, and consider what being a child of God means for your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic online' a prayer for living as a child of God :
Father in Heaven, when the Spirit came down upon Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan, You revealed Him as Your own Beloved Son. Keep me, Your child, born of water and the Spirit, faithful to my calling. May I, who share in Your Life as Your child through Baptism, follow in Christ's path of service to people. Let me become one in His Sacrifice and hear His Word with faith. May I live as Your child, following the example of Jesus. Amen.