Luke 9:18-22 NRSVue

18Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” 20Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”

21He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

I answer Jesus’ question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ every day. I take that time I need now to put it in words, expressing myself as honestly as I can, listening for Jesus’ response.

Jesus often tells the disciples not to tell others about him. A time of reflection and consideration is needed before proclamation. I ask God’s help to know where I might speak and when I might remain silent.