In the gospel, Jesus asks His disciples a critical question: Who do you say that I am? It was important for them to understand His true identity, who He really was (and is). The disciples’ replies to Jesus proved that there were a number of different ideas making the rounds about who He was. But the only thing that mattered was that those closest to Him – including those of us who follow Him today – knew that He was the Messiah, the Son of God. In today’s world, so many of us struggle with our own identity, largely because we have been told who we are, or are supposed to be, by a fallen world. A parent who said, “You’ll never amount to anything!” A teacher who ridiculed you for not getting a correct answer on an exam. A co-worker who spread falsehoods about you to gain an employment advantage. These and so many other wounds can cause us to see ourselves, not as God sees us, but as individuals with little or no worth or dignity. However, God sees us as created in His image and likeness, part of a creation which he called “very good.” God’s love for us cannot and will not ever be diminished. But are we able to receive His love and blessings? Share your take today as we turn the question around and ask Jesus: “Who do you say that I am?” The only thing that matters is what Jesus thinks of us.