Today’s reading from Genesis follows Hagar’s flight from Sarai’s anger and God’s intervention. This account of God’s attentiveness to the needs of a lonely enslaved girl suffering abuse is a powerful statement of God’s concern. Although Hagar’s life and child will not be the focus of the Biblical narrative, we are assured that she is not forgotten. She has encountered the “God who sees.”
The reading from Mark is Peter’s famous proclamation that Jesus is the Messiah. As in highlighted throughout most of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus’ instructs that this proclamation be kept secret. Peter’s statement is an act of trust in Jesus and commitment to him. Although Peter will not perfectly maintain this faithfulness, his commitment to follow Jesus on his path will ultimately make him into the bold and vocal witness who pivotally advances the Good News that Jesus is both Messiah and Lord. Peter too encounters the God who sees, and is transformed.