SEPTEMBER 24. Ord Time B. Wk 25 Fri. Lk 9. 18-22
One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
It is obvious from the answers to Jesus’ question the crowds had many explanations about who Jesus was, given he was performing so many miracles in their presence. Christ asked about their views here because he had just performed a miracle in their presence.
Jesus had just fed five thousand people; - with five loaves and two fish; - but when everybody had finished there were twelve baskets of scraps left over; - so it was a good time to inquire about what the people were thinking about him.
And the answers were interesting; -“And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life”; - so clearly Jesus still had a good deal of teaching to carry out before the crowds could answer he was the Son of God!
Jesus then turned to his disciples and said; - “But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?
After all the miracles and preaching Jesus was looking for believers who saw him as more than a miracle worker; - which was clearly how the crowds were viewing him. And then Peter spoke up and said; - “You are the Christ, the Son of God”; - the answer Jesus had been looking for!
Now that his disciples had made this profession, Jesus could now move on with their formation as until they acknowledged his divinity there was much that had to remain hidden from them; - but now he could begin to talk about his coming Passion and Death.
The first thing he told his disciples, after their acceptance of his divinity, was that they were to keep it a secret; - as from the responses the crowds were still not ready to acknowledge Christ’s divinity.
Because the disciples had accepted he was the Son of God; - Christ was now able to move on and talk to them about his coming Passion and Death; - something he must have been keen to do, as these people were his companions and the future people on which his Church would be founded.
Now that they had referred to Christ, for the first time, as the Son of God, so he was now able to continue their preparation as Apostles and Teachers; - “‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day!”’
We can only wonder how the disciples would have reacted to the events of this day. Jesus was the Son of God; - and he was about to be put to death; - and rise again after three days?
Gospel Acclamation Mk10:45
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for all.
First reading Haggai 1:15-2:9 ·
'The new glory of this Temple is to surpass the old'
In the second year of King Darius, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows, ‘You are to speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the high commissioner of Judah, to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people. Say this, “Who is there left among you that saw this Temple in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? Does it seem nothing to you? But take courage now, Zerubbabel – it is the Lord who speaks. Courage, High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak! Courage, all you people of the country! – it is the Lord who speaks. To work! I am with you – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks – and my spirit remains among you. Do not be afraid! For the Lord of Hosts says this: A little while now, and I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations and the treasures of all the nations shall flow in, and I will fill this Temple with glory, says the Lord of Hosts. Mine is the silver, mine the gold! – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks. The new glory of this Temple is going to surpass the old, says the Lord of Hosts, and in this place I will give peace – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks.”’