22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


“From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must suffer and die and on the third day be raised, “(Matt 16:16). Jesus is saying that his coming death and suffering will have purpose and significance. In Peter’s mind however, Jesus shouldn’t have to suffer and die. He offered his opinion to Jesus about all this. Jesus tells Peter that he is judging by human standards and not by God’s. Jesus is calling Peter to a deeper sense of discipleship so that he can grasp the necessity of Jesus’ suffering and death.


Following the exchange with Peter, Jesus addresses all the disciples. He tells them that the cross isn’t intended for Him alone, but, they will also share in the cross. True discipleship is not about honor or glory; it is about uniting oneself with Jesus. “For whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 16:25)


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