Jesus Speaks about His Suffering and Death
(Mark 8.31—9.1; Luke 9.22-27)
21From that time on Jesus began to say plainly to his disciples, “I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life.”
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “God forbid it, Lord!” he said. “That must never happen to you!”
23Jesus turned around and said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don't come from God, but from human nature.”
Reflection: Oh, Peter. A minute after correctly stating Jesus’ identity (“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”) he shows how little he understands about who the Messiah is and what he has come to do. To be fair, it does seem counter-intuitive for the Messiah to suffer and die, but that just shows that we all need an attitude adjustment to see Jesus and God’s kingdom for what it really is: a proliferation of grace through deep sacrifice rather than a hostile takeover of evil powers.
Question: If you were there, how do you think you would have felt about what Jesus said he must do (suffer and die)?
Prayer: God of all, thank you that your plan is far superior to my plan. Please help me be a person who shows grace to those who seek to hurt me. Amen.
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