24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Who do you say I am?” Peter steps forward and answers the question. “You are the Christ.” Peter expresses his conviction that Jesus is the Anointed of God, expected to be priestly, royal, and always powerful. But when Christ offers the dimension of the Servant of the Lord found in Isaiah, Peter objects. No—that is not the Christ we were hoping would come.
Before we become too harsh in our criticism of Peter, we need to ask ourselves if we do not do the same thing. We have dreams and hopes for our children, our spouses, our parents, our friends. When they do not live up to our expectations for them, do we accept them for who they are rather than who we want them to be?
“Who do you say I am?” This same question is presented to us over and over in our lives. Hopefully, as we change, mature, and grow in our faith, our answer to the question changes as well. The Lord leads us to see with God’s eyes. To see him as one who suffers with us as we experience the challenges we face. Hopefully, we grow to see him in the eyes of the poor, the ill, the victims of violence, the weak, and the disgraced.
And by seeing with God’s eyes, we can put our faith into practice with acts of kindness and compassion. Our belief in Jesus as the Anointed One leads us to daily work to relieve the suffering of others.
In the Eucharist, we see his self-giving and are sent forth to do the same. Saint Peter Julian Eymard reminds us: “He acts the same way in the Blessed Sacrament. He says one word only, but it rings in our very hearts. It is I.”
Who do I say Christ is?
Let Us Pray:
Gracious God, you continue to reveal your love for us through your word in the Scripture and through the gift of your Son in the Eucharist. May our lives of love and care for others be so compelling that through us, your love may be manifested to our broken world. Amen.
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