September 13 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Road to Discipleship:
Victory always looks different to God

In the first century, “messiah” could mean teacher, warrior, judge, high priest, patriarch, or king. It was always someone victorious. Jesus has not been seen as such until Peter proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus taught his followers about his impending suffering and shame, where he would be rejected by Israel’s leaders and killed, then rise from the dead. Peter took Jesus aside to rebuke him for talking about shame, suffering, and dying. Peter’s concept of a messiah did not include that. Jesus publicly rebukes Peter because Peter isn’t willing to accept the idea of a suffering messiah who must die first. Victory always looks different to God. Discipleship means one must try to think in a different way.

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