Gospel – February 20, 2020 – Mark 8:27-33
Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Today, Jesus asks what the Apostles are hearing from the people. He wants to know where the minds of the people are concerning him.
So, he’s told that people are thinking he is one of the great prophets reborn. He then asks – well, who do you think I am? And they immediately tell him they believe he is the Messiah. This makes Jesus happy because they seem to have finally understood who and what he is – instead of worrying about whether they brought bread for lunch.
He knows there is still work to do and he shares with them what is going to happen and they must not tell anyone.
Dear Peter, what were you thinking? You just admitted he was the long awaited Messiah and then you think it’s a good idea to rebuke him for telling what is coming? Seriously? You can’t think like God so don’t try to correct God.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts nor are my ways your ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours and my thoughts your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9.
I will say, Peter makes me feel much worthier of God’s love because he makes many of the same mistakes that I do – stupid ones.
We know he is God – we have to let him be God.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…