Mairi’s reflection is on the Cross of Christ
If you remember back to last week Peter professed Jesus to be the “Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Now Peter wants Jesus to conform to Peter’s understanding of what that means. Don’t we sometimes do that? We believe, know, confess, pray, and then we expect Jesus to participate in, support, give success and to make us happy. That’s neither who nor how the Messiah, the Son of the living God, is.
Peter correctly named who Jesus is but he misunderstood with what that name entails. To deny the way of the cross is to ask Jesus to leave us and the world unchanged. It means we are willing to settle for moments of happiness. Christ offers us so much more than that.
We can never really understand what it means to believe in, confess, or follow Jesus as “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” until we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him.
We really do need to understand a few things here,
God does not give us crosses to bear.
The burdens, difficulties, losses, and frustrations we encounter every day are not our cross.
They are simply the circumstances of life. Taking up our cross is not the means by which we are made good, acceptable, or lovable in God’s eyes.