as the emotional and theological center of Mark’s gospel –
comes Simon Peter’s response
to Jesus asking who they thought he was.
You are the Messiah.
It is stark here.
The other gospel writers made more of it,
and the church shaped itself
by some of those distinctions.
But then immediately following
this breathtaking expression of faith
comes his denial
of Jesus prediction of his rejection,
his suffering and his death.
Get behind me Satan.
It’s all right to come in flip flops.