“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks (Matthew 16:15). I’ve heard Christians speculate that when we go before the throne of God, this will be the question on which our eternal destiny hangs.
But there’s no need to speculate — Jesus has told us how we will be judged: I was hungry; did you feed me? I was thirsty; did you give me drink? I was a stranger; did you welcome me? I was naked; did you clothe me? I was ill; did you care for me? I was in prison; did you visit me?
Our concrete love for those in need, or lack thereof, marks us out for eternal life or eternal fire. Because, Jesus says, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (25:31-46).
“Who do you say that I am?” For many of us, the right answer is obvious. We know the creed. But so do the demons. Knowing the right answers is not enough.
“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks us. Our real answer is in the way we live.
Northwest Catholic - November 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.