Who Are We?
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.
Diary of St. Faustina