Who Are You?
If someone were to come up to you and ask the question: who are you, what would you say? Who would you identify yourself as? Is your first thought to say your name, being identified through your family and family name? How about through your appearance or the hobbies you go to? Are you someone more popular or famous based off of what you do for a living? Each of these things are a piece of us yes, pieces that add up in a puzzle. However, when that puzzle is complete, you would be seen first and foremost as a child of God, created unique and special, created in His very image and likeness. It's one thing to say this and another to actively be a follower of God in the things that you do, the way that you live. The ultimate goal is to be child of God in fullness, first and foremost being identified as a faithful follower of God, through being kind and loving, attending mass and the sacraments, being loving and giving of ourselves and being an outward sign of faith through evangelization. Are there areas that you need to work on, in order for you to identify yourself as a follower of God? Once again I ask, who are you?
Today's Gospel states: 'Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.' Then said the Jews, 'Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come'?' He said to them, 'You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.' They said to him, 'Who are you?' Jesus said to them, 'Even what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge; but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.' They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father. So Jesus said, 'When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.' As he spoke thus, many believed in him.
In today's reading, the people are asking Jesus who he is. They know his name, they know him to be a carpenters son, but he seems to speak of higher authority, to know much more beyond this world, beyond their understanding. Jesus tells us that he is one with the Father, from above. He calls us to be his people, to speak his word to the world and share this same love with those around us. We are called to be his people, to identify as people of God, through what we say and do in every area of our lives. Is it time to make some changes, so that next time someone asks the question 'who are you?', you can first and foremost answer 'a child of God'?
Today we pray:
Thank you for creating me in Your very image and likeness. Please help me to better represent You in what I do and all that I say. Help me to bring Your love to those around me and to first and foremost be your follower in my life. I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.