Explore God's Love Explore Your Faith Explore the Church Explore Who We Are
Reflections for Your Journey compass rose

Who do you say that I am?

Who do people say that I am? ... But who do you say that I am?
--Mark 8:27, 29

It's not the religious establishment that gives the answer. It is not doctrine, dogma, or discipline that gives the answer. It is not the words, ideas, or thoughts of others that gives the answer. It only and always comes down to this: The answer is felt and found within each and every human heart. Others can tell us of the history
of beliefs, of those who have gone before, and they can tell us their own personal experience. This may help inform our answer, but it can never be our answer. We face the Divine One alone with only the steady rhythm of spiritual energy pulsing between us. In that moment of pure authenticity, our heart knows the answer to the question, "Who do you say that I am?" It's not an answer we think up, plan, or contrive. It is formed in the void - in the empty, wordless part of our being where nothing but purity and truth dwell.

We never need to fear the answer. We need only to be wary of our proclivity to give someone else's answer. When our hearts merely form the words of another's answer, we have turned our face away from the gaze of the Divine One. We will find it impossible to believe truly, because we will be unable to see clearly or know
ourselves to be seen clearly.

So, when you stand in the space of heart and spirit and let your heart and spirit speak through the sacred silence, remember that your answer is only and always yours alone.

Jesus, you ask each of us, "Who do you say that I am?" As I stand in the sacred space, please hear the answer of my heart - my answer - mine alone. "You are..."

--from Signposts: Thoughts for Meditation
by Renée Miller

Each day, explorefaith.org features a different Signpost for reflection and meditation. To access the Signpost for today visit: http://www.explorefaith.org/signposts.


Register for a weekly message.

Send this article to a friend.

more exploring questions
Copyright ©1999-2006 explorefaith.org