When Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” to his disciples, it is an invitation into a deeper relationship. Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, reflects on who we are in relation to Jesus. Based on the readings for Sunday, September 12, 2021.
Jesus is longing to be in Relation with us.
Hi, my name is Patrick Saint-Jean. This is my one-minute reflection.
I was born in Haiti, but each time I go back there, my friends and cousins often ask me, “Who do people say that you are outside of Haiti?” While this question is a way to begin a conversation It comes from a place of love, a deep sense of curiosity and a sincere longing for a relationship.
Jesus shares this Haitian curiosity and a deep longing to be in a relationship. Today, from Mark’s gospel, he asks his disciples the same question as a means of deepening his relationship with them. He does the same with us.
As you and I are grappling now with a deep sense of Identity, perhaps, this might be the occasion to ask ourselves the same question, who do people say that I am for and with Jesus?