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_ September 9, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 II III I III I --- Commentary-- "I Peter =dentified Jesus as Messiah: Misunderstanding and correction Gospel commentary for Sep- tember 11, 1994, Twenty-fourth Sunday, Ordinary Time, Cycle B, Mark 8:27-35. Mark began this section of his gospel by portraying Jesus ques- tioning the validity of man-made traditions when they contradict the laws of God. Then he declared an end to the distinction between clean and unclean foods. This dec- laration led to actions symbolizing that there was also no distinction to be made between clean and "un- lean people." In other words, esus immediately responds to the appeal of a pagan woman for her daughter. The symbolism of this action and the immediately following cure of a deaf and stuttering man is clear. God shows no par- tiality toward any race or nation. Jesus not only cured these people of another race and nation but fed four thousand of them in the following story. As if this did not quite make things clear, the Marcan Jesus now warns about the traditions taught by the religious establishment of the time. Next Jesus cures a man of blindness. By this miracle Mark wants to say that only Jesus has the right teaching which will cure the blindness of those who follow him. All these episodes serve as introduction to the gospel of this Sunday. If the established teaching is to be questioned and some of it rejected, where is the correct interpretation of the Law of Moses, the Torah, to be found? Mark's answer will be that it is to be found with and from Jesus. The bread Jesus B(NFATHER DILGER COLUMNIST I II fed the multitudes twice was only a symbol of his teaching. Mark would say only Jesus can feed the crowd with the truth. But how so? What are his credentials? Is he a prophet? A resurrected John the Baptist put to death by Herod An- tipas? Or is he old Elijah finally returned to earth after 800 years? These were the answers Jesus re- ceived when he asked his disicples what public opinion polls were saying about him. Now comes the big question: "Who do you say that I am?" Peter as spokesman for all of them an- swers: 'Tou are the Messiah!" That is Jesus' qual- ification. If we may quote from the Gospel of John the words of a woman perplexed about interpreta- tions of the Torah: "I know that (the) Messiah is coming. When he comes he will make known to us all things." It was commonly believed that the Messiah would solve all theological problems, cor- rect traditions, and give the true interpretation of the Law of Moses. Those who accept him as Mes- siah would take ownership of that true teaching and Peter would be the spokesman for all Jesus' followers. Poor Peter! He wasn't quite ready. His kind of Messiah, along with popular opinion, was also a power in politics who would smash the enemies of his people and restore political independence and empire to the people who considered themselves to be God's chosen people, Peter among them. Peter's profession of Jesus' messiahship was fol- lowed by Jesus' correct explanation of the kind of Messiah he was to be. His was not a political mis- sion, nor one of waging wars and slaying enemies. Instead Jesus described a Messiah who would suffer greviously and even be put to death, but in the end would rise from the dead. Too much for Peter! He took Jesus aside and scolded him for talking non- sense. But Jesus, seeing that Peter's ideas were the ideas of Satan, turned on him and said: =Get behind me, Satan!" In other words, Peter was told to fall in line behind Jesus' teaching. Mark then adds two ominous sayings of Jesus: "Any who want to follow me, let them deny them- seves and take up their cross and follow me. Those who intend to save their life will lose it, while those who lose their life for my sake and the sake of the gospel will save it." These words were a reminder to Mark's readers that many who followed Jesus had died in a recent persecution by the emperor Nero. It was a warning that the following of Jesus could bring not only suffering but death. Even today those words ring true as we recall recent Christian mar- tTs in Central America and Africa. To us who may not be called upon for the ultimate sacrifice the words of Jesus remind us that being a Christian does not mean worldly success or fame or wealth, all of which seem to follow some who claim to preach the gospel of Jesus. They remind us rather that we are still subject to sickness, poverty, and even death. But when Jesus asks us to take up the cross we are asked to share these sufferings with his experiences. They did not end with death but with resurrection and life. With faith in his words we rightly expect the same. 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