A reflection for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Just like the people in Jesus’ time, we have our own individual thoughts and understanding of Jesus. We have come to know Him from our parents and family, and Religions teachers and priests. We may have read about Him, or maybe watched movies or shows about Him, but the question is, “Do you really know who He is in your life?”
It is easy to claim that He is your savior, Lord, King, Son of God, or any of His titles. Yet your answer may just be facts that you learned, or things you were told. Not unlike the answers of the apostles who were with Him that day. It is only when we have a personal relationship with Him that we can truly know who He is. It is only when we experience His presence in us that we can understand His role in our daily existence.
Do you consider Jesus to be a friend? When you have a bad day, and you need to turn to someone to talk through it or to sit silently and process it – do you turn to Jesus? When you are blessed with something amazing like a captaincy or a scholarship, and you want to run to someone to celebrate and laugh and praise – do you to turn to Jesus?
Do you consider Jesus to be a counselor? If you have a difficult relationship maybe with a parent or an ex-friend at school, and you need advice on how to mend it – do you turn to Jesus? Or if you are struggling with self-doubt or self-hatred and you need someone to help you grow in self-love and confidence – do you turn to Jesus?
Or maybe you see Jesus as an angry and vengeful God… If you make a mistake and do something that you think He wouldn’t be proud of, do you run away and hide? Or do you know of His unending mercy and forgiveness and run to Him and apologize?
This week pray about this question that Jesus asks each and every one of us, “who do you say that I am?”