Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” When I meditate on this question, I hear the “you,” and I imagine Christ asking me, “Who do you, Lisa, say that I am?”

When I think of Jesus, I think of generosity and friendship. Throughout Scripture, we often see Jesus sharing a meal with friends and strangers, giving His time to speak to children, aiding the elders, healing the sick, and befriending the lonely. He offers His love and friendship to each person He encounters.

When I think of my prayer life, I speak to Christ like I would my best friend. When we talk, I acknowledge the times I neglected to follow His example and be a woman for others, be generous, and a friend. However, as Christ and I review our day together, I ask for the grace to wholeheartedly feel Him with me and to respond to His call and question, “Who do you say that I am?”

—Lisa M. Sroka coordinates retreats and designs marketing materials for Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL. She is a Chicago vocalist and alum of Loyola University Chicago.