September 20, 2012

25th Sunday - B


Only to Jesus’ Closest Friends

For two weeks in a row, the Gospel readings from Mark recall Jesus’ prediction of his suffering (passion) and the cross.    

The two passages also share one other element in common:  Jesus speaks of the cross only to his disciples. 

In the setting of today’s reading, Jesus is already on the way to Jerusalem as he and his disciples “began a journey through Galilee.”  Mark emphasizes that [Jesus] “did not wish anyone to know about it.”  It is to his disciples alone that he tells them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and three days after his death, the Son of Man will rise.”

Jesus reveals the mystery of his suffering, death, and resurrection only to his closest friends. 

Am I ready for that?

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