Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Suffering Messiah

"Who do you say that I am?" asks Jesus halfway through Mark's Gospel (8:27-38.)  That is the central theme of this Gospel.  Peter answers that Jesus is the Messiah.  Jesus from now on will be at great pains to help the disciples understand that he is not simply a triumphant Messiah but a Messiah who must suffer before entering his glory.  Peter and the disciples don't want to believe that.
Neither do we.  We hate to think that the Cross is essential for Jesus and for any of us who want to follow him.  With the help of Jesus within us, we take up our cross.

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