The Question Remains (Part 2)

Thursday, July 4

7-4By Charles Curry of Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA

“…who do you say that I am?”

—Mark 8:29

Since we’re just talking, Jesus, is it fair to ask you the same question? Who do you say I am? I mean, under the show, behind the script of my own making, in the shadows that fall behind my hopes, who do you say I am?

I mean, among the small accomplishments, great disappointments, terrible realizations— who do you say I am now? When I say I am serving you, and sacrifice my children in your name while I serve, who do you say I am?

I mean, when I choose the comfort of reason over the distress of crowds, who do you say I am? When I abandon you in the name of righteous anger or justice—even in your name—Jesus, who do you say I am?

Who do you say I am now? Since we are just talking, Jesus. Is it fair to ask?

Let’s say I answer like Peter did (the rock that crumbled even when he knew the answer), “You are the Son of God.” After 2,000 years how can I answer this on my own? Can I invoke the Wesleyan Quadrilateral for Theological Thinking? Can I examine this answer using scripture, reason, tradition, and experience?

This is a test, isn’t it? Here I am—at this study, at this exercise, at this computer right now—wrestling with this question. I wrestle as your ancestor Jacob did with his God. (I even have the sore bones to prove it.)

So how do I approach this, Jesus, Son of God, Son of Man? I suppose I could examine my deeds and compare them to yours. If this is a test, I hope you grade on a generous curve. I will depend on your grace and the touch of your Spirit. With your grace, your touch, your Spirit, I can go with that if you can.

Prayer for Peace
God of wisdom, thank you for the ability to explore what scripture means to us and examine how it engages our own experience and how it applies to Christ’s mission to share his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pray for wisdom as I look to scripture.

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