Sister Stefanie’s Advent Scripture Study continues today. Read the 3rd Sunday readings and ponder them. Feel free to comment here, or – if you’d rather have a private conversation – email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll get back to you right away!
In Sunday’s gospel we hear the priests and Levites ask John the Baptist, “Who are you?” Hmmm. Who would you say YOU are?
I would say I am a Catholic Sister and a teacher. My vocation and ministry as both have been huge parts of my identity. Since I’ve been a teacher longer, I tend to answer with that descriptor first.
For many of us, our identity is wrapped up in our jobs. That makes sense, as it is there that we express ourselves as children of God in the world and with one another.
Yet, a part of me wants to reply differently. I want to say, “I’m a follower of Jesus.” Even though I might sound crazy, shouldn’t we reflect Jesus’ image in all we do? Shouldn’t we share that with the world?
Later in the readings, we are told to “rejoice always.” Surely that’s a reminder to be a follower of Jesus, reflecting his image, sharing his joy.
As Pope Francis says, “It is by God’s mercy that we are saved. May we never tire of spreading this joyful message to the world.”
So, when someone asks you who you are or what you do, how do you answer it? How are you tempted to answer it?