“But who do you say that I am?” – is the most essential question Jesus ever asks. A question that is just as essential for us today.

We are now in the middle of St Mark’s Gospel. We have heard of many miracles, healings and heard Jesus preaching. But now, in the middle of chapter eight, things change. Chapter eight is the hinge that brings the beginning and end of the Gospel together.

At this turning point Peter gets the answer to Jesus’ question stunningly right… but when the implications of this unfold, he gets it stunningly wrong. He cannot cope with a suffering Messiah. He wants the Messiah to come with power – to be a ruler, a political figure, a king. He is confronted with the truth: that the Messiah will suffer. He rejects this. Jesus feels so strongly about his response that he even calls him “Satan” – a very powerful response!

Our answer to this question determines everything else… “But who do you say that I am…”?

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible or simply hover your mouse over the reference and the text will appear:

Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 114; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35.

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