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Today’s read­ing is the turn­ing point in Mark’s Gos­pel. In the present­a­tion of the life and min­istry of Jesus found in the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark, the deeds of Jesus have shown Jesus to be the Son of God. Yet many, includ­ing Jesus’ dis­ciples, have not real­ized his iden­tity. In this Sunday Gos­pel read­ing, Jesus asks the dis­ciples for a field report by ask­ing what oth­ers say about him. He then turns the ques­tion dir­ectly to the dis­ciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ, the One sent by God for the sal­va­tion of the world.

Who do people say…? 

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?” (Mark 8:27). Not­with­stand­ing Jesus knew he is in the Fath­er and the Fath­er in him (cf. John 14:10), he still deemed it neces­sary to safe­guard his iden­tity, and to inquire from the Apostles what and who they and oth­ers take him to be. Dur­ing the course of his mis­sion, in the region of Caesarea Phil­ippi as recor­ded by Mark, he inter­rog­ated them in the fol­low­ing way: “who do people say that the Son of Man is? His Apostles answered and informed him that people are say­ing he is John the Baptist, Eli­jah, or one of the proph­ets (Mark 8:27–28). To this list, Mat­thew also adds Jeremiah


Jesus iden­ti­fied and over­came his obstacle in the per­son of Peter. After the iden­ti­fic­a­tion, the obstacle (Peter) was placed at the right place so he could cor­rect him­self. Jesus wanted Peter to go bey­ond human sen­ti­ment. Dis­ciple­ship should be devoid of sen­ti­ment­al­ism. Atten­tion! This should not be mis­un­der­stood. That dis­ciple­ship should be devoid of sen­ti­ment­al­ism does not mean a dis­ciple should not be sens­it­ive and sens­ible to human feel­ings and to the plight of oth­ers. It means a dis­ciple should not allow his or her human sen­ti­ment to obfus­cate his/her call and mis­sion. Wis­dom is needed to know the bound­ary between sen­ti­ment and sen­ti­ment­al­ism. In this case, we have to make use of our reas­on. As Jesus, we should be able to identi­fy our own obstacles. And when such obstacles are iden­ti­fied, they should be ordered away. That is, they should be brought to order. A true disciple/believer should be able to identi­fy and over­come his/her obstacles. Get behind me, Satan! For you are set­ting your mind not on divine things but on human things. On what are you set­ting your mind?

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