I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.--Psalm 116:9
Mass readings: Isaiah 50:5-9 / James 2:14-18 / Mark 8:27-35
''Who do people say that I am?'' Jesus asked His friends in today's Gospel account. We know He did that for their sake. Jesus wasn't suffering from any identity crisis. Nonetheless, it must have been satisfying for Him to hear the words Peter spoke out of faith and without hesitation. ''You are the Messiah.'' Those were the truest words spoken about Him. For His disciples -- but perhaps also for himself -- Jesus wanted this truth spoken aloud.
Hearing people validate who you are and what you can do is a wonderful blessing. It's especially important for children and young people still sorting out their identities. My 17-year-old daughter Julie smiles -- despite her best intentions to be aloof -- when I tell people what an incredible artist she really is.
Prayer: Messiah Jesus, remind me to honor others, especially those struggling to know who they are.