Who Do You Say That I AM??
August 27, 2017
Fr. Herbert O’Driscoll explains the structure of the Church in this way: He looks at all the last 20 centuries as rings of time, or as concentric circles of time. Today's Christians, in the 21st century, are in the outermost circle, farthest away from the center – which is a Cross. We are brought into the circle, into the Faith, in large part because somewhere, somehow, someone in the circle just before ours took us by the hand and said, “Come,” and so drew us in. That person could do this for us because someone had taken him or her by the hand and had drawn that person in. And so it goes, back through all the centuries until we reach the hands that had actually touched the mark of the nails. In this way, Christ builds his Church.
I love this story about the pencil:
The pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. "There are five things you need to know," he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.
1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.
2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
4) The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
5) On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
Like the pencil, when we find the answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”
1) We will be able to do many great things, but only if we allow ourselves to be held in God's hand, and allow others access to the many gifts we possess.
2) We will experience painful “sharpenings” as we go through the trials and problems in life, but we must remember that it is necessary to make us a stronger person.
3) We can correct any mistakes we might make through God’s incredible love and mercy.
4) What is on the inside will always be our most important part.
5) Wherever life takes us, we must leave our mark. God calls us to be the face of Christ to others, living out the Gospel as witness to our faith in all our words and deeds.