Who is Christ, And What Does He Mean To Me?
Readings: (1st: Zac 12, 10-11; 13, 1; Ps: 62, 2-6. 8-9; 2nd: Gal 3, 26-29 Gos: Lk 9, 18-24)
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Internacional Grupo Espiritano De Puerto Rico – Republica Dominicana. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is the twelfth Sunday of ordinary time. Today the holy mother church invites us to deepen our understanding of Jesus Christ as the son of God, as well as our savior. So, in today’s celebration, with all our differences, we become one as we gaze in prayer on Christ who gave his life as a ransom for our sake and united us in baptism.
One point common to today’s first and second reading is that both are pointing to a central figure. The first reading is a prophesy about “a descendant of David” simply referred to as: “The only son,” and “a first born child.” He shall be the future fountain for the cleansing of the sins and impurities of all nations. All nations will acknowledge, and honor him as the first born and the savior of the world.
The second reading of today, though short, has a very powerful message to communicate to us. In it, Paul reminds us that Christ is the one who unites us. Christ is presented as the fountain of baptism, and also, as the one who brings us together as one big family of God. We become the faithful of God through one baptism, and also, share in the life of Jesus Christ through our baptism in his name. Thus, Paul writes: “You are, all of you, sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. All baptized in Christ…there are no distinctions between Jews and Greeks…but you all are one in Christ Jesus.”
In today’s gospel, the question of Jesus to his disciples came at a time when most people were confused about his personality and mission. Even some of his followers were confused about who he really was. However, Peter identified Him as: “Christ the son of God.” Peter understood that He was the one promised by the prophets to save the world. This question is also relevant for us today. Put in a very simple way, we could also ask ourselves: “Who is Christ, and what does He mean to me?
Each day, life and reality continue to unfold and reveal themselves more to us. However, only those who pay attention to them would be able to understand them. The more we understand them, the better persons we become, and the easier life becomes for us. Also, the more we understand those we are dealing with, the easier it becomes for us to appreciate them.
This is very important because, it is only when we can identify Christ and His role in our life that we can fully appreciate Him. Understanding who Christ is will help us trust him more. It will strengthen our hope and faith in Him. It will help us to worship and adore Him more.
Above all, when we understand who Christ is, we shall make more efforts to have a better relationship with him. We shall also be ready to renounce ourselves in order to follow Him closely. We shall concentrate on Him, and be lost in wonderful contemplation of Him. If we understand who Christ is, we shall seek to be close and united to him every day of our life.
Finally, if we really know and understand who Christ is, we shall constantly say like the psalmist: “O God, you are my God, for you my soul is thirsting…so I gaze on you in your sanctuary.”
Peace be with you all!