“Byzantinischer Maler um 1020 003” by Byzantinischer Maler um 1020 – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
“Who do you say that I am?” Mt. 16:15
This week’s liturgy invites us to ponder the question Jesus asks all of his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” As disciples of Jesus we each must answer that question for ourselves.
While no one can answer the question for us, the witness of other disciples can shed light on our own experience. For example, Jesus is…
Carpenter. Mercy. Crucified Lord. Christ. God-Man. Son of Man. Good. Risen Lord. Giver. Rabbi. Guardian. Gift. Leader. Redeemer. Anointed One. Messiah. Counselor. Suffering Servant. Savior. Holy One. Light. Love. Son of Mary. Son of God. Risen Lord. Good Shepherd. Master. King. Resurrection. Truth. Lord. Light. King. Miracle Worker. Deliverer.
Jesus is all of these and much more.
Yet ultimately, we only know who Jesus is when he reveals himself to us. “Blessed are you, Simon son of John, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 16:17).
Jesus comes to us in prayer and in the day to day experiences of our life. This week, pray for the grace to know Jesus better. The Father will reveal him to you as he did to Simon Peter.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood