Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis posits that there are only three choices to answer Herod’s age-old question, “Who is Jesus?” He is either lunatic, liar or Lord.
First choice: Jesus was a lunatic, a crazed person who believed himself God in the same vein that another might think himself a poached egg. Second choice: Jesus was a liar, a skilled con man who has deceived millions. Third option: the credal affirmation, “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ.”
This third option answers Herod’s question for many of us. But is such a rote affirmation enough? I think the life of Jesus begs a more focused question: “Who is Jesus to me?” “If I affirm him as my Lord, shouldn’t that impact the way I live?” Let’s pause to consider: How will my actions today reflect my belief that Jesus is Lord of my life?
—Howard Craig is the director of advancement for the Midwest Jesuits. He and his wife Cheryl have five daughters, six grandkids, and two dogs.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, drench me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Do not let me be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death call me to your side,
That with your saints I may praise you forever.
―St, Ignatius of Loyola (Downloadable prayer card click here.)