We had three lovely days with the Year 12s from Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School. We took some time to reflect on our images of ourselves and our image of God, using symbols to help us explore these themes.
We meditated on two questions that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do the crowds say I am?” and, “Who do you say I am?”
We often wonder what other people are saying or thinking about us. If we are lucky, there will be some close friends or family members who just know us and get us and accept us as we are, but there will be some people who misunderstand us for one reason or another and others who want us to be someone else. In our meditation we took time to be grateful for the people in our lives who see us and know us at a deeper level.
Peter recognised who Jesus really was, this was a gift that was given to him from God the Father. We too can ask God to give us the gift of recognition, to help us to see Jesus in the people we meet and the situations we find ourselves in.
It was easy to see Jesus in the Year 12s from Aquinas. Their respect for themselves, each other and for the Retreat Team was evident and it was a pleasure to spend time reflecting with them on some of the most fundamental questions we ever ask ourselves; “Who am I?” and, “Who is God?”