Reflection on Mark 8:27-33 ~
Shouldn’t we be asking the question “Who do people say that I am?” of ourselves? If we could listen in on conversations of our friends and family, would we hear them saying that we are a Christian because they know we go to Church? Deeper yet, would we hear them discussing our prayer life or what we do for others. Would they question why we deny our own suffering and needs to do so? Would they understand why we turn from evil to instead set our mind on Divine things?
Mark 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 8:27-33.