Who Do You Say that I am?
A look at the context of this Sunday’s Gospel from Mark 8: 27-35 could provide some insights in our appreciation of Jesus’ question to Peter and the other disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Consequently, Jesus has been the talk of the town.
Against the background of all these worldly glories, both the physical location and Jesus’ success, he asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
No wonder does Peter give the correct answer, “You are the Christ.” Besides, Peter, his fellow disciples, and in fact the whole of Israel, have been waiting for this Christ.
Peter’s answer is correct. But not his understanding of who the Christ is.
In the Gospel of Mark, the true identity of Jesus is only revealed on the cross. There, the gentile centurion identifies Jesus correctly. In the suffering and crucified Jesus, the man recognizes, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)
What is my understanding of who Jesus Christ is?
 Information found on The Catholic New Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03135a.htm