In today’s readings in Matthew 16:15-16, Jesus asks his disciples,
“But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
As we listened to these readings, our Catholic community was celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass outside. I really wish I had thought to take pictures before and after Mass, as the weather was perfect.
Driving in to Mass, I knew I was solo-parenting for the experience. And, since it was outside, I knew we’d be a little out of our element. Therefore, I was not above bribing cooperation out of my son. The deal we struck on the drive in to Mass was, if he cooperated during Mass, said his prayers, helped me corral his sister, and was polite, he could earn a milkshake afterward.
I had the smoothest Mass in a long time! Sure, I allowed my son to sit when everyone was standing, and may have tolerated him playing with his sister’s toys, but the point was, he was pretty well behaved. And, as a friend pointed out, “God heard our Prayers of Intention today,” given the volume of my son’s responses!
I’m linking up today with Rosie over at A Blog for My Mom. She’s got a weekly blog link-up, encouraging women to wear their Sunday Best for Mass – whatever it looks like to each of us.
While listening to the readings and following along during Mass, I began ruminating on the question Jesus asks of Peter. Jesus asks him who Peter says He is – and, Peter responds to the question clearly and emphatically! I would like to think I would reply the same as Peter.
However, the question I pondered was not who I say Jesus is; instead, I began asking myself,
Who would Jesus say I am for Him?
But, would Jesus call me one of His disciples?
God knows our hearts – the absolute depths of our desires, our hopes, our struggles, and our successes.
Would He see me striving to be the best wife and mother?
Or, would He see those moments of mediocrity?
Does He recognize the moments of mediocrity, and call me out of such?
And, when He does call me out of those moments, how do I respond? Am I stomping my feet, pitching a tantrum? Or, am I graciously accepting His gentle calls to success as a wife and mother?
Would Jesus know I am a disciple by my actions?
There’s the verse, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”
Am I, as a disciple of Christ, being love to others?
Am I embracing that call to be love?
Am I grudgingly following He and His calls? Or, am I embracing His invitation, gladly welcoming His attempts to transform my life.
We will all have a moment in our lives where we will be called to answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” And, may we all answer the same way Peter does in the Gospel.
Yet, we will also be called to answer for who we are for Him.
Are we paying attention to our thoughts, words, and actions, so as to best answer that question when the time comes?
Who would He say that we are?