Who do people know you as? Are you one of those people that constantly gets mixed up with your siblings? I have so many cousins that it can be easy to be mistaken as someone else. If you were one of many siblings, I bet it was an everyday occurrence that your mom would call out the wrong name to get one of her childrens' attentions.When it comes to faith, we don't need to worry about getting mixed up, about getting lost in the chaotic world as a mere person. God knows every thought we've had and will have, as well as the number of hairs on our heads. We could never be forgotten in God's eyes. We are each unique and special, made with an important purpose for this life. Think about some of the qualities that set you apart from those in your family. What makes you unique?
Today's Gospel states:'And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare'a Philip'pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Eli'jah; and others one of the prophets." And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ." And he charged them to tell no one about him. And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men"'(Mark 8:27-33).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus asks his disciples who they believe him to be. The funny thing is, none of them actually get the answer correct. They say Jesus is Elijah, is John the Baptist, one of whom existed many years ago, the other whom they had seen side-by-side with Jesus in their current day. They don't really know who Jesus is, can't quite answer the question, even though they've been travelling and learning about him for weeks on end. They can however pinpoint the type of person he is through his actions, through the amazing works he does, through the way he loves. We too want to be defined by the things we do, the unique things that make us special, and have a purpose in this life. What gifts do you have that make you unique? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to use your uniqueness to share God's love to the world.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me unique, special, with a purpose in this world. Help me to use the gifts You've given me to show the world Your love, through every action I take.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.