said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
is the classic question Jesus asked Simon Peter, “But who do you say that I
am?” I have always pondered this quote and I have found that it can be extended
to a more universal question. Who do my classmates say that I am? Who do my
parents, friends, teachers say that I am?
accordance with the time of Lent, where the fast food chains start to bring
back their specialty “fish” sandwiches and everyone starts trying to figure out
what he or she is going to give up or do for Lent, I pose everyone with a
question, “But who do others say that you are?” Most importantly of all “But
who does God say that you are?” We need
to look inward into ourselves to figure out who we are and what are our roles
on this Earth. God put us here for a reason, now it is time to start trying to
figure out that role. This might take a long, long time, but being aware that
we all have roles on this Earth, is most certainly a step in the right
out our role can be especially hard in today’s society. We are constantly
filled with distractions: texting, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Netflix, the
list goes on... It can all be overwhelming at times with the buzzes and dings
of electronic devices all around us, but I have a solution, turn off electronic
devices! For 10 minutes a day, go to a quiet place, such as the chapel on
campus, and meditate on the role you are expected to fulfill. Quiet your mind,
slow your heart and Ask yourself a few key questions: “Is this what God
intended for me to do?” “What more needs to be done in my community?” and “How
can my actions towards others reflect God’s love?” These questions should help
begin to answer “But who does God say that you are?”
Throughout the season of Lent, members
of the CBU community will offer weekly reflections in order to prepare our
hearts and minds for the Easter celebration in 40 days. Reflections will be
posted each Monday during Lent on the various university social media
platforms. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback.
B. Buttross is a junior Biology major and serves on the leadership team of the
Catholic Student Association.
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