Who am I?
John 2: 13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18 The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19 Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20 The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
“Who am I?” asked Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as he sat in a Nazi Prison, accused of plotting to assassinate Hitler. His answer was, “Whoever I am, Thou knowest O God, I am Thine…”
Knowing that he was a beloved son of God, that his relationship with the Divine was more about depth than width, this gave him the courage to be counter-cultural in every way.
In today’s reading Jesus is telling the Disciples and the crowds in the Temple exactly Whom He is…
Our identity is steeped in conflict, engaging with the hard questions of life, remembering the One we follow… isn’t it?
Who am I, who are you?
thank you for giving me all I need to own and celebrate
as a beloved child of God,
a follower of Christ Jesus.
Lent Legacy 2021 Action
Make a point of listening to friends and colleagues. Hold back your opinion, just listen.
Alternative - take time to listen to God