Mark 8:31-38 – The Crucified Messiah
The same Peter, who had just hit the nail right on the head by confessing his faith in Jesus as the Messiah, in the very next breath, tries to stop Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. He takes hold of Jesus and begins to rebuke him. He is, however, firmly put in his place. He must take the place of a disciple: behind Jesus, following him on his way towards Jerusalem and the Cross. All disciples must take up their cross, lose their lives in love and service, and like Jesus, thus come to life.
How easy it would be to follow a Jesus who was a glorious messianic figure, victorious over all his enemies, setting up a kingdom in this world. But life is not like that. Jesus calls his disciples to abandon pretentions of greatness and power, to take up their cross, to love and serve him and one another. The result of such a life is that, no matter how much our selfish world would like to deny it, it produces peace, love, joy and fulfilment.
We are surrounded by people and institutions which are cold and hard, searching for even more control, so often disappointing in their shallowness. Disciples of Jesus Christ are called, by the quality of their self-giving love, to question such contemporary institutions and practices.
(Adapted from This is the Gospel of the Lord – Year B, by Francis J. Moloney, p.183).
.Blessings, Reverend Lyndon
Prayer of the Day
God of all times and places, in Jesus Christ, who was lifted up on the cross, you opened for us the path to eternal life: grant that we, being born again of water and the Spirit, may joyfully serve you in newness of life and faithfully walk in your holy ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and. or ever. Amen.