Who do you say that I am?

This is one of my all time favorite Gospel readings.  I say that because it is the reminder to continually ask myself, who is Jesus in my life?  I need to ask myself this question because it makes me think about my relationship with Him and how am I using my gifts and talents to bring glory to Him?  This ties back to the second reading from James, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?”  Can a person’s faith achieve its greatest potential without works exemplifying that faith?  Later in the same passage, James says, “So also of faith itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”  Reflecting on this raises the bar for myself and all the faithful.  When the time comes at the end of my life and I ask, “who do you say that I am?” will the people I know be able to share with others the kind of faithful man I sought to be?  I hope so.

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