Sunday Readings: Isaiah 50.5-9; James 2.14-18; Mark 8.27-35
“Who do you say that I am?”
Mark’s gospel explores how the faith of Jesus’ disciples matures. For all of us faith develops across the life cycle. As children, our brains limit our understanding. As adolescents, we share the faith of our families, neighbors, and the church in which we grow up. As adults, some of us never examine the faith we receive.
Peter professes Jesus is the Messiah in answer to the question, “Who do you say that I am?” But when Jesus predicts his suffering and death, Peter objects and clings to his received idea that the Messiah will be a great warrior who restores Israel as a nation. Only Jesus’ death destroys Peter’s idea. His resurrection radically transforms his disciples’ understanding.
Ultimately faith transforms us into the one we follow. For Mark, faith is a transforming lifelong practice, not just an idea.
How do you respond to Jesus’ question?
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