Thought For Today by Fr. Iomar Daniels
'But who do you say that I am?' (Lk 9:20)
'Like' and 'don't like' is the language of Facebook. We post all kinds of things in the hope of a reaction. Unfortunately, some people find that their identity is wedded to this 'virtual reality'. 'Like' and 'don't like' dictate how a vulnerable person may feel about themselves on any given day. The number of 'likes' received may give a person an instant injection of the feel-good factor or even a sense of self-worth. The opposite, deflating their ego. Now, Jesus appears to be having an identity crisis of his own in this Gospel. It may seem he is fishing for 'likes' to boost his ego. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After time on his own, and some personal reflection, he wanted to know did anyone discover who he really was. He wanted to know had he made any difference. He had come to the realisation that what was before him was not going to be pleasant. For anyone following him the challenge wouldn't be easy either. To blindly follow Jesus would be foolhardy. That is why the intellectual pursuit of Jesus alone is not sufficient. We must, like Peter, get to know Jesus personally.
'The Truth which faith discloses is a Truth centred on an encounter with Christ, on the contemplation of His life and on the awareness of His presence.' (Lumen Fidei).