Rev. David Pileggi recaps on last week by reminding us of the question, “What does a Messiah do?” and “What does Sonship mean?” The Father loves the Son and the Son obeys the Father. Jesus four times in this gospel states that he must go up to Jerusalem and suffer death at the hands of the religious leaders, however God Himself sends His Son to die for the sins of the world. Peter says, “Never Lord!” Crucifixion was so horrible and humiliating that it was seldom discussed. It was used by the Roman Empire as a way of terrorizing the people to keep control for hundreds of years. So the words of Jesus were so shocking, especially as the disciples thought that they were going to be the ‘new government’ in Jerusalem. All of a sudden this Life Giving God is going to allow His Son to suffer crucifixion? ‘Take up your cross and follow me!’ In listening to the Lord, we can determine how we can embrace death, the kind of death that brings life.
Readings: Jeremiah 15:15-21, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28