Jesus said to his Apostles, “But who do you say that I am” (Mt 16:15)

Do we take the time to get to know Jesus, to answer the same question he posed to his apostles? Too often we move from this to that, one situation to another, putting out fires and moving from one crisis to another, or we are just seeking to make it through another day.

To be a Christian is not a call to stop living our lives, but it is an invitation to live our lives with Jesus. We have been described as a People of the Book, along with Jews and Muslims. This is true, yet, in addition, we are also a people of encounter; we encounter the Living Word, the Son of God, Jesus the Christ.

Peter and Paul encountered Jesus in their lives and were changed forever. We can encounter the same Jesus when we slow down enough to pray with the word proclaimed in Liturgy or read in personal prayer.

As a very simple example: except for the first Office of the day, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the prayer begins, “God come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me.” How many times have I just said those words mindlessly as a beginning to my prayers, but didn’t really take in what I was saying?!!! How many times do we make the Sign of the Cross without being attentive to the profound act we have just engaged ourselves in?

Through invoking this prayer and making this sacramental gesture, we are inviting the Creator of all that exists to come to be a part of our lives. Each are also prayers we may lean on when tempted, stressed, worried or anxious. Each are affirmations of commitment to resist giving in to a mindset of minimalism. All things are possible because we are choosing to align ourselves with the Holy Trinity.

Peter and Paul both answered the above question, Peter as recorded in Mt 16:16, said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” and Paul in Acts 9:20 “proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” Let us spend some time praying and meditating on how we will answer Jesus’ question: “Who do you say that I am?” How we answer makes a difference as to the kind of Christian we will be.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!

Painting of Saints Peter and Paul by El Greco, 16th Century

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