Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Praise God. Who do people say that I am? The people at the time of Jesus could see in him the charismatic zeal of a prophet, for he worked miracles and taught authoritatively and foretold events. But the answer given by Peter was astounding. You are the Messiah. The apostles heard the proclamation of Peter announcing Jesus as the anointed one of God the long awaited Messiah whom the prophets foretold in the scriptures. The sudden reaction of Jesus was to keep them all silence about his anointing. This act of enforcing silence is seen everywhere when Jesus was announced as Messiah except at the foot of the cross when Centurion proclaimed it.
Jesus does not want to give the people surrounding him an idea of a glorious king but he wants others to know his mission as a suffering servant. The proclamation by Peter is followed by the teaching of Jesus about the great suffering and rejection he is to undergo. The mission of Jesus as a suffering servant, the importance of suffering as the Christian way of life for the salvation of souls are made clear by Jesus. “if anyone want to become my followers let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Lk. 9/23) Dear reader if our Lord has endured sufferings for our salvation let us being his followers shall not find any shortcuts deviating from the Christian values of life. “Get behind me Satan,” he rebuked Peter when Peter came up with shortcuts. Let us set our mind on divine things and suffer with our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted in very many places for bearing names as Christians. Let us suffer with the lord for the salvation of our souls, for these problems are nothing compared to the glory that is awaiting.