WHO AM I?
Read Matthew 16: 13-20
Jesus said, “I tell you, you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build my church.”
Now that I am between careers, I find it challenging
when I first meet people. In the past, when asked what I do
for a living, I have loved
being able to say, “I am
a student” or “I am a
teacher.” In a few short
words, these descriptions
summarized aspects of
my identity that I was
proud to claim. For instance, implicit in the statement, “I am
a teacher,” is the understanding that I love to learn, that I work
hard, and that I care about children.
While having an identity rooted in a particular title was
comforting, unemployment has given me the opportunity
to pause and think: Who am I, really? What I do professionally might reflect some of my priorities and my hopes, but it
doesn’t reveal who I am at my core.
In today’s quoted scripture, Jesus doesn’t tell Simon that
he is a prophet or a disciple or a teacher. Instead, Jesus calls
him by name: Peter, rock. And this identity has not come
from Simon Peter’s work or his actions but from his faith —
his declaration that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of the living
God. So it is with me. My primary identity comes from my
faith, from being a child of God.
Prayer: O God, thank you for loving us and valuing us, no
matter what job we have or do not have. Amen.
Teresa Coda (Rhode Island)
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK
Thought for the Day
No matter what, I am
a child of God.