Ord. Wk 6th,  Thursday, 16th February,2017  (Mk8:27-33)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus – Who is He?:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?”  There were many different answers to Jesus’ question.  What about us?  Do we really know Jesus?  Ponder on this question seriously and ask yourself, “How does Jesus affect the way I live daily? Do I try to love Jesus more each day?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him, ‘John the Baptist, others Elijah, others again, one of the prophets.’

‘But you,’ he asked them, ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of man was destined to suffer grievously, and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter tried to rebuke him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are thinking not as God thinks, but as human beings do.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus was widely recognized by the people as a prophet with great miraculous powers, a holy man of God. To many, He was John the Baptist, to others Elijah and to others again one of the prophets.

  • Jesus is more than that. He is “Christ, the Saviour of the world.”  With His almighty powers, Jesus saves us through His suffering, and death on the Cross. He conquered sin and death and open the gates of heaven for our eternal happiness. 

  • Reflect on Jesus’ question to his disciples and us personally, “Who do you say that I am?”   Then ask yourself how you should change your life in order to be more Christ-like.