Who do you say that I am? (Lent 2022)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

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Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.

Matthew 16:15-17


My Siblings in Christ,

Whenever I visit a church I ask four important questions: Who are you? What gives your life meaning? What is your purpose in life? And, the one that Jesus asked the disciples: Who do you say that I am? 

This Lent I want you to reflect on those questions, particularly the last one. If Jesus were to ask you this last question today how would you respond? Your response to His question forms your answers to the first three questions.

Maybe you are still wondering who He is to you.

Despite everything going on in the world right now, Jesus offers us the incredible possibility of new life. He does not offer a way out of the unfairness and difficulties in this world, but rather a way through it. With him, to the other side.

On Ash Wednesday, we mark our foreheads with a symbol of Christ. In those ashes, we signify that we belong to Jesus. And, that Jesus belongs to us.

This Lent instead of focusing on what we can give up, let’s focus on what we might gain by going deeper into our relationship with Jesus. Only then will the world be able to understand the incredible power of His love. If we do not believe, why should they? If we do not proclaim Jesus, we have no reason for existence.

If you have kept him at a distance, step forward. If you have been indifferent, take a risk. If following Jesus seems difficult – and it will be – do not be afraid. Your relationship with Jesus is not a restriction. It is a liberation.

Who do you say that I am? Savior, redeemer, friend. Love. For the next forty days dedicate yourself to finding your own answers to these questions.

Let the Holy Spirit transform you. Mark not only your forehead, but your heart.  

Bishop Signature Updated 2021

The Rt. Reverend Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez

XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania