Finding Your Voice: A Reflection from the Second Week of Lent

By John B. Buttross
Reading: From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16 Verse 15
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

This 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?   

In 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 direction.    

Figuring 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?”

Looking Ahead
  • Turn off electronic devices!
  • Ask yourself the following questions
    • Is this what God intended for me to do?
    • What more needs to be done in my community?
    • How can my actions towards others reflect God’s love?
  • Meditate 10 minutes a day

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 with any feedback.   

John B. Buttross is a junior Biology major and serves on the leadership team of the Catholic Student Association.

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