Today’s Gospel reading is Mark’s version of the famous interaction between Jesus and his disciples in which he asks them the all-important question, “Who do you say that I am?” It’s famous not only because it’s the scene in which Jesus is identified for the first time as the Messiah, but also because right on the heels of this proclamation, Jesus shifts the meaning of what it means to be ‘the Messiah’ completely. When Peter rejects this shift, Jesus brutally tells him, “Get behind me, Satan!”
As it happens, I’ve just returned from vacation late last night and so am not in a great position to offer new insight into this great story this morning. So, I thought I’d offer you a ‘choose your own adventure’ approach.
If this morning, the question of Jesus’ identity and its consequences for our lives resonates more strongly with you, check out my post last Summer on Matthew’s version of this story: A Question of Identity.
If, on the other hand, Jesus’ rebuke of Peter caught your attention, I encourage you to read a post from Lent on this part of the story: Get Behind Me, Satan!
Back to regular programming next week!