In Ordinary Time
“When Jesus came to the neighborhood of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples this question: ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ And you, he said to them, ‘who do you say that I am?’ ‘You are the Messiah,’ Simon Peter answered, ‘The Son of the living God!’” [Matthew 16:13-16]
How do people NOW see us since we have been sober? That question bounces right off the scripture we read this past Sunday. Do people now see us with sadness and dark gloom hanging over us or do they see us joyous and light-hearted? We well know how we used to be, attempting to put on a good face while shaking off a hangover from last night. We put a lot of energy into trying to live a double life, fooling no one but being the ultimate fool ourselves. It is good and healthy to think back on those times, to relive them and shudder. This in itself will bring us a happy heart today.
Who do you say that I am? That question probably comes up in the minds of people who once knew us as the drunk. But today that question is best answered by our productive lives lived in peace, joy and thankfulness. People cannot help but see our new self and rejoice with us. They too suffered when we were drunk but really could not do much to help us. We had to pronounce ourselves “alcoholic” before any change could settle in. Oh, my – and how that change has settled in!
Let us rejoice today with grateful hearts and thank God he did not abandon us. Today would be a good day to literally sing our praises to God for rescuing us (maybe best done when no one is around if you have a voice like mine!).