Twenty-first Sunday 2017
Who do you say that I am?
When is the last time you have asked yourself “who is Jesus for me?” Maybe some think of Jesus as a banner held high against someone who holds different beliefs; others as a strict judge always ready to punish the sinner; still others who only recognize and adore Jesus in the Tabernacle without seeing him in his people; and finally, some who see him as a historical figure who has tricked people into a false religion. However, the question is not about who Jesus is for other people, but rather, who is Jesus for you?
Peter answers with the faith of the Church proclaiming: “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God”. As Peter proclaims the reality of Jesus, the Lord in turn proclaims the reality of who Peter truly is. When you accept and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, he reveals to you who you really are for God. He reveals your identity as a child of God. This proclamation implies a radical faith in Jesus, as the truly anointed Son of God, who has overcome death and made you a child of God through his sacrifice of the cross.
Just like Peter, each of us has moments of clarity and moments of doubt, but little by little, with the grace of God, each of us will in some way give our lives for the salvation of humanity as Jesus did.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC