Gospel Reading: Lk 9:18-22
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with Him, He asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Messiah of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Jesus rebuked them. Why does Jesus direct His disciples not to tell anyone that He is the Messiah of God? The reason is this: In their times, many of the Jews are looking for a political messiah who will conquer the Romans and liberate the people of Israel. To announce to people that Jesus is the Messiah of God may stir up a type of revolutionary ferment that will have disastrous consequences for the people. That is why from then on Jesus seeks to make His disciples understand what kind of messiah He is. He starts predicting to them His passion, death, and resurrection. They need to be educated in the ways of God.
Today we no longer need to keep quiet about Jesusbeing the Messiah. In fact, Jesus wants all of us to proclaim the gospel to every creature. Listen carefully to Christ’s question,
“Who do you say that I am?”
Then respond by wholeheartedly professing your faith.
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