Do You Know Jesus?

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Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew includes perhaps the most important question of all time: Jesus asks Peter, and in turn you and me, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus wasn’t interested in hearing what everybody else was saying about him. He wanted to hear from Peter’s own mouth, “Who do YOU say that I am?”

Our understanding of Jesus can be molded by many influences: going to Mass, Bible studies, our own reading and study. The picture in our mind can be shaped by popular movies and books. Even what we believe Jesus asks of us can be informed by various preachers and teachers we trust.

But at the end of the day, Jesus asks us, “Who do YOU say that I am?” If we attend Church on Sundays and claim to be Catholic or Chrsitian because that’s what our parents did or that’s what we have always done, then I wonder what the true answer to the question can be. At some point in time, you have to intentionally decide for yourself. You can’t lean on parents, Church, or circumstances forever. Those are important parts of our life and certainly we come to know who Jesus is through these, especially the tradition and doctrine of the Church. But is your answer to the question one that you been trained to give or is it one that you know deep in your heart to be true? Do you follow a Christ that has been presented to you over time, or do you follow the Christ with whom you have an authentic relationship?

Before you set out on this journey of a stewardship way of life, you better have a good answer to the question Jesus asks, “Who do YOU say that I am?” This journey is not always easy, but if you truly know who it is that you are following, you will find the endurance and fortitude to carry on. If the person you follow is only construct of all the things you have heard about Him, then you are more likely to fall to the side of the road.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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