Friday of the 25 week in ordinary time ‘b’
During my formation in the seminary, I had to take many different classes and courses to prepare me for my future ministry as a priest. Each quarter or semester we would start with new courses, and as you may imagine, some of them were very essential and beneficial and some not that important. Some professors were very tough and some really easy. So, I and my friends would do some research and ask older students about a certain professor or teacher, ask about their teaching style and what they required from their students and if they were rather easy or tough. It was interesting to find out later that most times my personal experience with a particular teacher was totally different than others. Jesus asks His disciples: “Who do the crowds say that I am?” and right after that asks another question: “But who do you say that I am?” Jesus knows that we can’t merely repeat what others have said about who He is without a personal encounter with Him. He wants us to get to know Him personally and not only repeat after others who they think He is. You need to experience Jesus, get to know Him not about Him. And then you will be able to say who He truly is to you.