We all have to grow into awareness of our identity. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples, “who do you say that I am?” It’s a profound question. Much earlier, God had said to Moses, “I am who I am,” then helped to explain throughout the Old Testament: I am your healer . . . compassionate . . . doing something new . . . I am your God.
Jesus, too, called himself “I am,” and used images to communicate who he really is: I am the vine, you the branches . . . I am the Good Shepherd . . . I am humble of heart.
Then he asks, “But you, who do you say I am?” As we approach Holy Week, we might respond to his question. We might also ask him, “And you, who do you say I am?”