FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: WHO ARE YOU?
BY: Fr. Gerald M. MUSA
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2022
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” says Mark Twain. Today we live in a world where there is an identity crisis. We are confused about who we are, our sense of worth, and the purpose for which we were created. Jesus knew who he was and 1what his mission on earth was. He wanted to be sure that his disciples knew his true identity and mission and so he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” Some answered, “John the Baptist”; others, “Elijah”; and still others, “that one of the ancient prophets has arisen” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God” (Luke 9:18-20). Jesus demonstrated knowledge of himself when he says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Centuries ago, the famous philosopher Socrates advised everyone to make an effort toward self-knowledge. He asserted, “Know yourself.” Self-knowledge is crucial for personal development. St. Theresa of Avilla succinctly explains why self-knowledge is necessary. She says, “All our trials and disturbances come from not understanding ourselves.” The Scriptures tell us we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). How much effort do we make in discovering our identity and mission through the words of the scriptures?