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Who Do You Say That I Am? -- Becoming Fluent in Faith

Once Jesus asked his close followers, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (In other words, “What are people saying about me?”) They answered with some of the prevailing theories of the day: “well, some say that you are John the Baptist, other people say that you’re Elijah-come-back. Still others say that Jeremiah, or one of the ancient prophets has arisen, and that’s who you are.” Then Jesus turned to his followers and asked, “but who do you say that I am?”   Who do you say that Jesus is?   It’s a personal question, addressed to those individual early followers and addressed to us individual followers now. Apparently, Jesus isn’t much interested in second-hand knowledge. And in fact, we can know a lot about something, but not really know it.    Think of the Spanish language: I can know a lot about the language of Spanish: I can know its origin:  I could tell you that Spanish is a Romance Language, that it developed from Latin in the Nort