When you put your ego ahead of the good of all, when your need to control becomes more important than the success of the community or company: Who do you say that I am?
When that obnoxious, self-righteous, perpetually complaining bore in the office has pushed you to the edge: Who do you say that I am?
When a quick financial killing can be made – if you’re willing to put your ethics on hold: Who do you say that I am?
When your son or daughter needs help with a project but the newspaper remains to be read or tee time is approaching: Who do you say that I am?
When yet another appeal is made on your time or your wallet on behalf of those in need or in trouble: Who do you say that I am?
The question that Jesus asks of Peter and the disciples is the question that is asked of us every day. Who do you say that I am? The decisions we make; the way we live our life; the commitments we make to ethical and moral standards; our dedication to the cause of justice; our simple acts of kindness and compassion, should reflect the Gospel message of Jesus.
If a person asks the question, who is this Jesus, they should be able to look at our lives and see in our lives a reflection of the life of Jesus.
Let us ask the Lord this day to give us the profound faith of Peter. May we be worthy of the call to discipleship. May our lives proclaim His presence in our time, our moment in history.