There is a popular local phrase often used to declare how impossible an achievement something will be for the individual. We say to others “that, and God face, you will never see”.
Today’s gospel challenges us to personally identify this face of God, and we do so against the backdrop of having celebrated the dignity of both labour and labourer on Labour Day, and the Real Presence of the Corpus Christi amongst us.
Jesus’ admonition to His disciples to go beyond how others identify Him and name instead their own version is a daily challenge, as many of us have been taught the precepts of our faith by some, while the task of living out that faith was demonstrated by others. The simple truth though is that at some point each one of us must respond to Jesus’ question: “Who do YOU say I am?”.