Who Is Jesus To Me?

Luke 9:18-22
Ecc 3:1-11 / Ps 144

But what about you? Who do you say that I am?
(Luke 9:20)

What Christ means in my life matters
More than what I want my life to be;
What I am and do for others
Show how real my Jesus is to me.

Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Luke 9:18-22)

Reflection

Peter became the leader of the apostles and the first head of Christ’s church because he was the first among them to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. But as our Lord said later, “It was not mere flesh and blood that revealed this to you, but your Father in heaven.” (Mt.16:17) God gave Peter wisdom and discernment because he loved and followed Jesus more intensely than any of His followers. He was always present in all the activities of the Master.

It is to develop a personal relationship with Him that Jesus is offering each one of us. One of the great mysteries in life is that we can never understand ourselves fully until we come to know our Lord Jesus Christ in a deeply personal way. Unless we establish a profound relationship with GOD, how can we discover the real purpose of our existence? By getting to know Jesus intimately, we will experience true faith. Consequently, how real Jesus is to us will show in how real we are to others.

I used to have an aversion to mendicants, avoiding beggars as if they were lepers, especially those who seemed to have made it a living. But ever since I came across the words of Jesus in Mark 10:21, “. . .give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me,” and other verses in the Bible, like Proverbs 21:13, “Whoever closes his ears to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered,” I have learned that being generous to them has led me to a more personal relationship with Jesus. Now I understand why Jesus said, “The poor will always be with you” (Mt.26:11). By caring for them we will experience the kind of life that He promised when He said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

We have also learned that by serving GOD in our community, His Holy Spirit has revealed many things which were once unknown to us. We feel that we are constantly in the process of learning more and more about Jesus, His Father, and His plans for us, especially in the work of evangelization. So many are still in the dark, distracted by the lures of the world. God wants us to bring His Good News to as many as we can reach, so that they too may come to know who Jesus Christ is.

St. Paul said in his letter to the Hebrews, (13 :8) : “Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday, and He will be the same until the end of time.” If we have come to know Him personally, do others see Him in the way we live?

Forgive me, Jesus, if I have been keeping our relationship all to myself. Grant me the opportunity to bring others to Your fellowship too. Amen.

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