Posing the Question

Posing the Question

Matthew 16:13-15 — The Message

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am? ”So, How would you answer this question?

But Who Do You Say That I Am?
Matthew 16:15
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Who do I say that you are?
I don’t even know who I am,
how am I supposed to know who you are?
I know people who have degrees
in theology
who know less of who you are
than the most uneducated
people I know.
I know wealthy
who can afford to purchase
any answer they want,
who have less of a clue as to
how to answer that question
than the poorest of the poor.
Is this a trick question?
Is this a pop quiz?
What happens if I get this wrong?
My spirit is quaking
at my unknowing.
Or do I really know?
Could it be that this is not
an educational assessment,
but rather a
means for a personal gauge
for self-knowledge?
And then I get it.
This is a question about my
spiritual and personal relationship.
Oh yeah, I get it now.
You are the one who gives meaning
to everything I am, everything I say,
and every breath I breathe.


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