Get behind me Satan! MARK 8:27–35
Today’s Gospel begins with Jesus putting two questions to His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” and “Who do you say I am?”. Jesus’ real focus however, seems to be on the second question, “Who do you say I am?”.
Jesus reveals that He was not so much concerned about recognition from the crowds, as He was concerned about what His disciples thought. He wanted to know that the people to whom He was entrusting His life and mission, had a firm grip on whom He was, and what His mission was in the world.