“Who do you say I am?”

Reflection for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our September 6th newsletter


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For those of us who gather together weekly around the Table of the Lord, would find this question a little strange and perhaps unexpected. After all, we are here in His house and are expecting to be fed with God’s Word and to leave with God’s Blessing for the week ahead of us.

In this week’s Gospel, the Disciples and followers answered this question with others’ opinions which they heard from their ministry and from those following Jesus at that time. But the Disciples were careful to avoid saying what they believed.

Only Simon responded from his personal conviction. It was one of those “Aha” moments when something comes from outside of ourselves and comes from God. In fact, because of that response, Jesus renames Simon as the ‘Rock’ or ‘Peter’. That was in fact the founding of our Church; upon Peter, a Rock of the building, not perfect, but one that is strong and steady.

Today we celebrate that paradox of the Church’s transcendence and yet it’s nearness to us. It calls us to remember that we are the Body of Christ. We are Christ’s hands and hearts in the midst of our society. A group of believers who, from their personal convictions, reach out to all. To invite others to serve the poor, the outcast and to take action to promote the common good of all.

We are not perfect, because we are sinners seeking forgiveness. We do so around this table and go forth each week to ask ourselves and those whom we love and those whom we meet “Who do you say that Christ is?”

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Member

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