Who Am I?
It is interesting to ask myself – Who do people say that I am? My parents call me son, my siblings call me brother and the people of this parish call me pastor or Fr. Tom. In reality, there are many titles given a person throughout their life, but which is the predominant one? Reflecting on this question I realized I am a child of God and that all other titles flow from this one. As God’s child I ought to do the things that make God proud and try and avoid those things which would bring disappointment. I am created in His image and likeness, so Who I Am is a giver, a servant and a companion.
In today’s gospel Jesus asks his disciples and important question: “Who do you say that I am?” Like Peter, each one of us must respond to Jesus’ question. The answer must come from our life experience: past, present and anticipated future. To give someone else’s answer or the answer you think is right would disappoint Jesus. As I look at the life of Jesus I see a life dominated by 3 things. First, Jesus gives. He gave Himself completely for our salvation as He took up the cross and offered the ultimate sacrifice, the gift of Himself. He continues giving Himself as He comes to us in the Eucharist. Second, Jesus serves. The ultimate act of service was the washing of the feet, a final demonstration to His apostles of the importance of serving, as He said: “if the master and teacher has washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:14-15). Third, Jesus accompanies or is our companion. “As it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them” (Luke 24:15). The incarnation, God becoming human is really the great example that God wants to accompany us and walk with us in our life journey.
There are many other attributes that reflect WHO HE IS but these three seem vital and ones we ought to immolate in our own faith walk. May our actions of giving, service and presence with others demonstrate what we believe – Jesus is the Savior of the world. Peace.