The Gospel today from Luke is one we hear a lot. Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter ends up with the correct answer, “The Christ Of God”.
In my upbringing, especially from my mom but from others also, I was asked way too many times, “Who do you think you are?” I don’t think the one asking the question is looking for a profound answer but rather has the desire to stop a certain behavior of my pride that is upsetting the questioner.
So tonight I wish to answer the question simply and profoundly. I say that I am a sinner. No explanation needed. In the Gospel, when Peter gives His insightful answer through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus tells His disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
I have many Facebook friends along with family and friends that I know more intimately that uplift me often. I am getting better at offering up to God all the compliments for His glory as you and I all know that we are nothing without God. I was thinking that I am more like Jesus than I am aware of. I am suffering greatly. My marriage is broken and I deserve to be rejected by my wife, redemptive suffering. I am rejected in the workplace with my ideas at times. I’m rejected in my Christian writing. I am rejected in many ways that just come with the territory of following the teaching of the Catholic Church. I do not know if I will be killed but I will die and with my hope in Christ and through His love and mercy, I will be raised.
And yes, I am still a nobody to the world, a sinner. And I am at peace. Thanks be to God.