September 23, 2022

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina

[Jesus] said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

There are many questions asked in the gospels. Perhaps none is more important than the one Jesus poses in today’s gospel passage. It is so vital, in fact, that we find it in all three synoptic gospels. That question: “Who do you say that I am?” (there asked of the disciples), is also addressed to us today. Our answer has significant consequences.

Jesus isn’t whatever we want him to be. How we feel about him doesn’t change who he is. There is a single correct answer to the question that is not based on feelings or personal opinions, but objective revealed truth. Thus it’s important at the outset to affirm that the question, “Who do you say Jesus is?” has one correct answer and many incorrect or partially correct answers. It is not just a matter of personal opinion or preference, where any answer is as good as the next. It’s a matter of God’s truth as revealed in his Word.

Have you ever thought about how difficult it must have been for the disciples to commit themselves to Jesus as the Christ? Jesus certainly didn’t fit everyone’s image of what the Messiah would be like, or he would never have died on the cross. But the disciples committed themselves to Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. They had to say it in the face of public opinion that didn’t agree with them. The same is true for us today.

Jesus’ question requires a personal response of faith and obedience. Every Mass enables us to enter into everything that Jesus did and suffered for us. That’s the kind of Messiah we are asked to commit ourselves to and imitate in our lives.

Let Us Pray:

O Jesus, inspire me to read the Scriptures more, so that I gain deeper insights into who you really are.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.