WORD of the DAY
He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. (Mark 8: 31)
After the fundamental question at the heart of the Gospel, it seems that Jesus supposes His apostles are now able to support more intense revelations and thus He makes the first announcement of His passion. However, this new representation of the Messiah is scandalous. Peter reacts in the name of the rest. Just a moment ago, Peter had given the best response in regard to who the Messiah was. Now he feels himself authorized to scold Jesus, saying that He should not say those things. Recognizing Jesus as the Christ, implies associating Him with the Suffering Servant of Isaiah. However, this connection cannot be taken for granted. The prophets had intuited it, but the liberator Messiah was a conqueror in the people’s imagination. Jesus, a sign of contradiction, educates to other perspectives. It is a harsh discourse that He does not hesitate to make openly, in an equally harsh way.
Lord, we too are afraid of weakness, of fragility. We want to avoid failure. That is why we allow ourselves to be dominated by fear and the loss of our positions, privileges, established thoughts that we have accepted in the security that ‘we have always done it this way’ or other similar phrases. Help us to change, to evolve, to leave aside fear of the fatigue of sharing with others, accepting the challenge of our fragility that opens to the new, to the different, to the other. This alone generates new life.
The voice of a Sociologist
I think that the most exciting, creative, and trustful thing in human activity is precisely disaccord, the contrast among diverse opinions, among diverse visions of what is just, and so on. The idea of harmony and of universal consensus has a very unpleasant odor of totalitarian tendencies: make all uniform, make everyone equal. In the end, this is a fatal idea because if there really were harmony and consensus, what need would there be for so many people on the earth? Wouldn’t one be enough? One who had all wisdom, all that is needed, the beautiful, the good, the wise, the truth. I think we must be both realistic and moral. Probably, we have to reconsider as incurable, the diverse ways of being human beings.