Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 22, 2011

Savannah Hobbs

Sophomore, Social Work Major,
Spanish and Biblical Studies Minors

1 Pt 5:1-4
Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
Mt 16:13-19

“Who do you say that I am?” -Matthew 16:15

It is easy for the Apostles to answer for others when Christ asks “Who do people say that the son of man is?”  They give their responses freely and willingly with (I imagine) great zeal and eagerness to please the Lord.  However, Christ’s next question: “Who do you say that I am?” seems to silence the group.  Instead, they turn to Peter, their leader, for a response.

Peter responds: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Peter comes into himself and his calling to be the first pope in this passage by acknowledging the role that God played in his life. 

God asks each and every one of us the same exact question: “Who do you say that I am?”  How do you respond to such a personalized question?  Because God works in our lives in very personal ways, we must answer this question very personally and intimately with him.

How long have you been in your relationship with God, and do you really know him on a personal level?  How well do you know his mind?  Do you know how he works specifically with you in your life?  How does he communicate with you? 

What does God’s voice sound like in your life?  We are able to recognize the speech patterns and inflections of the voices of our loved ones.  We are able to hear their voice and know who they are without seeing their face. 

Can we do this with God?  When he speaks to us, can we recognize the voice of God?  And are we able to point his voice out to others?

Today let us pray to have the wisdom and perseverance to know the Lord and know how he works in each of our lives, just as Peter did.

You are beautiful and loved so much.

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