Who Are We?

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March 6

Readings: Ex 32:7-14; Jn 5:31-47

"[The Israelites] have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them." Ex 32:8

Who am I? Since man was made to be in relationship with others, the answer to this question cannot be separated from another question: Who do I live for? That is, what relationship in my life really defines who I am as a person?

Immediately we might think: I am a member of the such-and-such family or I am married to so-and-so. But, for the one who has come to know the wonderful plan of God revealed to us in Jesus, the ultimate answer is clear and specific: I am a Christian. Through Christ, I belong to God. I am a child of God, a son or a daughter in the Son.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am united with God, even espoused to Him, a bride in the Bride, the Church. God is my God and I live for Him. I seek to please the One who seeks to please me!

Today's readings point to these fundamental questions. Do I really live this reality, or is there a false idol in my life? What do my choices reveal? What do they tell me about whose praise it is that I am seeking in life? No one's but my own? The praise of my buddies, a girlfriend or boyfriend, a wife or husband, a mother or father?

Jesus reminds us that, since the only testimony that counts is true testimony, the only testimony about us that really matters in the end is God's own word about us. We are called to live so as to win the praise of God. Believing in the One whom He sent pleases God.

Jesus in today's Gospel warns us that getting things mixed up can seriously jeopardize our calling: "How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?" (Jn 5:44).

Heavenly Father, glory and praise be to You alone forever and ever! Grant that I may live my life in union with Christ Jesus, Your Son, so that when I die, You might receive me eagerly into Your holy dwelling place. Amen.

Scripture
Jn 6:29
1Cor 4:1-5

Catechism
1691-96

Diary of St. Faustina
1493

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Christine - Mar 6, 2008

Mission Statement's are always helpful to read and write. It can reflect you as a person in the world and your beliefs. My mission is to Trust In Jesus. What is yours?

Who am I, a sinner in need of God - Mar 6, 2008

People think as long as they don't kill anyone, there is no sin. How, I sin. instead of praying and turning to God when troubled, I turn to a video game to get my mind off it, instead of giving it up to God. How many venial sins do we commit that when added up could almost be a mortal sin. What's that old song"Little things mean a lot" How God longs for the little things, may He give me the grace to do His will and not mine. One other small thing, why isn't the pronoun used for God like He or Him, not capitalized anymore. Not even in the Bible. He above all should be