OK, OK, so I poke a little good natured fun at Deborah+ and her very good post from a couple of days ago with the title of my Daily Cup today (but honestly, I swear to you that dog vomit will not appear in this post…keep reading, you’ll notice a distinct LACK of reference to dog vomit). But onto the Good News for today…In the daily Eucharist lectionary cycle we have today this pericope from the gospel according to St. Luke:
“Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’” Luke 9:18-22
Jesus is doing something that we all tend to do I think, he’s asking his friends about the public perception of him and his work. But I wonder, what would your answer be if Jesus asked you today, right now, both the, “who do the crowds say that I am,” and even more importantly, “who do YOU say that I am?” questions.
What is your relationship with Jesus like? Does your faith enable you to pattern your life after the example we have in Jesus? Do you have doubts about Jesus, who he was, is, and will be to come? Or, like Peter, do you boldly proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah, the one who will, as Isaiah points out, “makes the lame to dance and the blind to see?”
Who is Jesus for you? How would you answer him? If you think you would answer as Peter did, then how do you live your life to reflect that you are saved from sin and death by the one who died for you, indeed who died for the whole world?
Matthew, I think that your post is an extremely important one — the questions you raise are essential. However, I did miss any references to dog vomit (or barf as it is known in our house).