Christmas Week Day - Tuesday

January 2, 2018 / By: Ana Theisen

1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28

John is asked, “Who are you?”. How would you answer this question? Would you start with your physical description, or would you start with your profession or family status? Much of how we describe our identity is centered on our relationships, occupation, or religious affiliation. However, we are much more than that. Each of us are beautiful, and unique; made in the likeness and image of God.

Our basic identity could be seen as a child of God.  As a child of God we are loved. But even with love we experience trials that may lead us to stray away from our basic identity. Remaining faithful to who we are takes dedication and the support and love from those with which we are in relationships and also those we encounter in our daily lives.

When we live in love we live in truth. John reminds us that God is righteous and keeps all promises. One of the greatest promises God has for each of us is eternal life; a life that is full of joy and happiness. Eternal life is that for which I am striving. I know I am a work in progress and I have my hurdles to overcome. I strive to make the good choice when I need to make a choice, but because I am human, I sometimes falter. This is where the love and support of our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers comes into play.  If we love someone, we will call out actions that do not fit the description of who we are as a child of God.

Recognizing Jesus in our life and coming to a deeper awareness of who we are in relationship to Christ takes a life-long commitment to God. By reminding myself I am loved by God and that my ultimate goal in life is to achieve eternal life, helps me to speak the truth, choose what is good and right, and to love all my brothers and sisters. We need to be proud of who we are, children of God.

Who am I? I am a disciple of Christ who is striving to make the world a better place for everyone. Making each encounter positive and uplifting; making connections that are respectful and truthful so that each person feels God’s love through me. After all, I am a disciple of Christ.

 

Ana Theisen
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator, Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean, St. Paul Seminary