“‘This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him’.”~Matthew 17:5
Lately, a consistent theme keeps speaking to my heart during times of prayer and reflection- Jesus knew who He was. In the Gospel today of the Transfiguration, God the Father is revealing who Jesus is – His Beloved Son. Jesus knew who the Father was and He knew who He was to the Father. This firm and steadfast knowledge was evident in everything He did. This unshakable knowledge is what allowed Him to suffer indignities, torture and mockery with no need to defend Himself. It allowed Him to preach with boldness and courage when He had previously spent all his life hidden. It allowed Him to persevere and serve others when He was most wanting repose. It’s what made Him meek and humble of heart, and gave Him unfathomable mercy. He knew who He was and what His purpose was-what His end goal was. He didn’t need to prove Himself to anyone.
Remember Who You Are
It causes me to reflect, do I really know who I am? Do I know that I am a beloved child of God? That by virtue of my Baptism, I am made a priest, prophet and king; and what that entails? That I am an important member of the Mystical Body of Christ?
Do I know that I am worthy without having to prove my worth? That God’s love is unconditional- it just IS-no matter what I do or don’t do? Do I know with unshakable faith that God wants me to be happy, fulfilled and at peace, even though I may go through times of struggle and suffering? That He calls me to my vocation in the deep desires that dwell up in my heart? That He can make all things good for me? That I can trust Him? Do I know who I am when people criticize me or judge me? Do I know when I fail and sin? When I am faced with evil and death? Do I know when I am struggling and stressed? When I am suffering loss or disappointment? When I am tired and worn? And when I just want to give up? Do I have an unshakable trust in His great love and mercy for me? Do I really know who I am to God?
“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”~ St. Teresa of Calcutta