Today we hear Jesus ask the apostles about his identity and his mission. “Who do you say I am?” They had been with Jesus for some time and seen signs and wonders. Peter, in faith, proclaims “You are Christ”. Yes he is the promised Messiah and Saviour of the world. Jesus goes on to reveal that he will live out his mission as the Christ, by suffering the cruel death of crucifixion. Peter cannot take this. He gave the right answer but he had the wrong understanding as to who Jesus is. Peter was in fact telling Jesus to deny his identity and his mission. Jesus rebukes Peter’s attempt to turn him from the cross.
Who do you say I am ? It is a question for each one of us to answer. Is he truly the Lord at the centre of our lives ? Do we embrace or run away from the crosses in our path ?