Reading: Matthew 16: 13-20 (Click to read text)
Reflection: In this passage, Jesus asks the disciples to share who people say he is. They respond with various answers, until Jesus presses them to answer the question for themselves. Simon Peter responds that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of the living God! Jesus tells them that is correct and further gives Simon some positive reassurance as he tells Peter that the church will be build on him.
When people ask you who you are, how do you respond? Many times, we wrap up our identity in what we do for a living, or whose family we are in, or something else. But I've heard folks answer the "tell me who you are" question with the answer, "I am a child of God." I think that's neat. That is the most important part of our identity, isn't it?
The next time someone asks you who you are, think about it before you answer. Maybe your answer will be different this time around! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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