Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Jesus was on foreign soil when he travelled to Caesarea Philippi, and in more ways than one. Caesarea Philippi was located less than 100kms north of the Sea of Galilee, yet this was a different nation to that of Israel. So, while close to the homeland of Jesus, it was a foreign country for him and his friends. Even more foreign to Jesus was the purpose of Caeasrea Philippi. It was a sacred site, with a temple dedicated to the Greek god, Pan. So, in today’s gospel, we have Jesus travelling to a foreign country, with a foreign religion, to make the point of his own universal kingship. Pan was a god of the natural world, but Jesus is the one true God of all. “Who do you say I am?... You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It took a foreigner in a foreign land, among foreign beliefs, to show how all can come home.