Year C – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 23, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1; Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; John 10:27; Luke 9:18-24

There are big questions and little questions in life.  Today, Jesus asks the apostles a big question, “Who do you say that I am?”  His apostles have been with him for a while; they have seen him preach and teach, heal and cast out demons.  They have seen the different reactions to him, some favorable, some not.  He leads into it by asking what the crowds are saying, but then their turn to speak comes.  Simon’s answer, “You are the Christ of God,” meaning, “You are the Messiah, the Anointed One, which we have been waiting for,” gets a rebuke.  Why?  For generations, the Messiah or Savior most people were waiting for was a military leader who would come in, toss out the oppressors, and make Israel a powerful nation again.  Jesus was saying, “I am not your grandmother’s messiah!”

Jesus goes on to teach them that he is the Son of Man (note the change in title) who will suffer, die, and be raised.  And furthermore, that anyone who wishes to follow him must be willing to lose his or her life for his sake, to give themselves for others.

Who do you say Jesus is?

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