Message From Father Maurer
Listen, Lord, and answer me. Save your servant who trusts in you. I call to you all day long; have mercy on me, O Lord. Psalm 86:1-3
Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.
"Who do people say that the son of man is?"
Jesus' question to the Apostles is a reasonable one. Although asked to the Apostles, it might well be applied to any Christian, at any time. We each must witness to Christ, made possible through our relationship with him.
One of the pitfalls that stands in the way of faithful witness is the temptation to tell people who Christ is not. It's all too easy to spend time describing the negative of truth - to focus on the lies and evil of the world. And for many Christians, their description of Christ consists solely in speaking of what Christ isn't.
Apply that method elsewhere, though, and the ridiculousness of it is highlighted right away. If someone asks us to identify the sun, we don't focus on how a lamp, or a flashlight or a match isn't the sun – though it is none of those. We simply point to the sun!
How well can we identify Christ? Do we have a relationship such that we can describe His Person? If all we can do is say what He isn't, it's time to draw closer to Him in confession, prayer and worship – so that when the question is asked, we can truly share who Christ is.