Who do you say i am?

Jesus
asks his disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter has the right
answer; Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed one, the Messiah for
whom Israel has been waiting. But Peter is shocked by what comes
next. The Christ is destined for rejection, suffering and death. His
model is the Suffering Servant, described in today’s First Reading
from the prophet Isaiah, who trusts completely in God’s power to
save him. Jesus makes it absolutely clear to his disciples, and to
the people, that anyone who wants to be his follower must walk the
same road that he does – the way of the Cross. No wonder Peter is
horrified.

Christ’s
disciples are not called to seek out suffering for its own sake, but
to give ourselves to others with self-sacrificing love, and to accept
patiently whatever difficulties life may bring us. There are many
Christians whose lives are an inspiring example of Christ-like love
and sacrifice. This is what we commit ourselves to as followers of
Jesus. If, like Peter, we recognise Jesus as the Christ, then he
calls us to take up our cross and follow him.

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