God asks us two questions, "Who is the liar?" (1 Jn 2:22) and "Who are you?" (Jn 1:19) The two questions often go together. Sometimes the liars are us because we lie about who we are. We are tempted to give the impression we're the Messiah and the center of attraction. However, that's a false impression and a lie. We are also tempted to answer the question, "Who are you?" with "what we do." When someone asks, "Who are you?", we answer, "I worked there" or "I do this." These too are lies. We are people, not merely employees or workers.
We sometimes answer the question "Who are you?" by putting ourselves down, saying we're no good, failures who never made much money or got much recognition. Again, we lie because our identity does not depend on money or status.
Who are you? If baptized, you are a son or daughter of the Father, a brother or sister of Jesus, a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are a royal priesthood (1 Pt 2:9), purchased at the price of Jesus' blood (1 Cor 6:20). You are holy, chosen, and beloved (Col 3:12). You are destined for eternal life in heaven.
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†Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005.