by Sister Margaret Mary Halbach
Our Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time gives the question of "Who do you say that I am?"
I remember reflecting on this question many times during my annual retreat. Our answer grows in us as we grow older and have various experiences. Everything we do and are is a result of listening to the Lord in our lives and speaking His words in our ministry.
This year a very dear friend of ours celebrated her 75th jubilee as a Sister in our Community. She has been a part of my life since I entered. I asked her if she answers the question, "Who is Jesus?" differently today than when she first entered. She said she answers it the same but over the years it has deepened in her heart. Experience gave her a greater perspective of the Lord being a close part of her life's journey. She said she appreciates all the Lord has done for her.
Peter answered the Lord by listening to the Spirit in his heart. Peter proclaims Jesus as the "Messiah, the Son of the living God." In return, Jesus makes Peter "the rock" or foundation on which the Church continues to grow. May your answer to who Jesus is deepen in your hearts and proclaim it wholeheartedly.
Who Jesus is pervades my life. Thanks for proclaiming Jesus.