Reflection: “Who do you say that I am?”

September 25
Friday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Luke 9: 18 – 22

This question posed by Jesus in today’s Gospel is one that has been asked throughout history.  It was a question for the people of Jesus’ time as they tried to figure out who Jesus was in terms of a Messiah.  It was a question even for those closest to Jesus and one that Peter answered.  And, it continues to be a question that each of us must answer for ourselves today.

I find it helpful to remember that each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, and we are the sisters and brothers of Jesus.  When we are confronted with the question, “Who do you say that I am?” are we able to look at others and see the face of Jesus?  Can we see Jesus in our midst and recognize him in:

  • The person walking the other direction?
  • Our co-workers?
  • The students and others we minister to?
  • The homeless individual asking for spare change?
  • The foreigner or other who doesn’t look or speak like us?
  • Our community members?
  • Ourselves?

The list could go on and on as we think about the many opportunities we have each day to encounter Jesus and truly discover how he comes to us in our lives.  Let us ponder today who this Jesus is for us and how we can answer the question, “Who do you say that I am?”

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