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Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ Matt. 26:31
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Sunday sermon videos-
.Apologetics [Aquinas- Augustine- cause and effect]
.The ‘Mommy’ verse on baptism?
.Why Prime Mover?
.Cause and effect
.Obedient to what Word?
.The message of the Cross
.Why did some think that Jesus was John the Baptist?
.The Son of Man
.The Great confession- and the great obstacle- all at the same time
.Who were the zealots?
.No honor before crucifixion
.The death of Peter- in church tradition
.Why did Peter deny the Lord?
.Fear of death.
.Jesus gave him another chance- to die [ I quote the verses and explain them on the video]
. Also- Aristotle- Mary’s Magnificat and the Renaissance
TEACHING- [Past posts below]
This Sunday I spoke on the Mass verses- most of them that is.
I got a little off track and spent more time teaching on some of the gospel passages- and left out the reading from James.
Sure enough I made a video with my homeless friends- and got to cover it here- https://youtu.be/NICjeyd2rx4
The reading from Isaiah is a famous reading
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isaiah 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. [On the video I also ‘mixed’ in the reading from Psalm 116]
It is a prophecy about Christ- and it speaks about being willing- being obedient- to what God speaks.
Yet- in the passage it speaks about a particular word- the message of the Cross.
It is easy for us to ‘hear’ words about being financially blessed- yes- most of us like those promises.
Yet the message of the Cross is difficult- it means being obedient to denying self- to paying the price for the mission God has called us to.
The passage from the gospel speaks about the same thing-
Mark 8:27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
Mark 8:28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.
Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Mark 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 8:32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
Mark 8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Peter made the great confession- he knew that Jesus was the Christ- yet- when Jesus spoke the message of the Cross- Peter rebelled against that Word.
And Jesus gave him the strong rebuke.
On the video I spoke about the dynamic of the disciples- how they did indeed lay their own lives down up until this point of the ministry of Christ.
Peter was a fisherman- and in the day he lived- that was one of the best businesses you could be in- yet he left that life to follow the Lord.
Yet in the rebuke that Jesus gives- he challenges his men to not seek to save their own lives.
Sort of the same types of rebukes Jesus gives to those who hold on to their wealth.
So what exactly was Peter holding on to?
The disciples still had a goal- a dream if you will.
They were part of the Messianic ministry of Christ.
The Jewish prophets foretold of a great deliverer that would one day come- and in Peter’s confession- he identified Jesus as the One.
Yet- when Jesus spoke about his death and Crucifixion- that just didn’t seem to fit what they had expected.
An actual overthrow of the oppression of Rome- and the coming in of a new kingdom- that would be political and ‘real’.
In essence- Peter and the disciples were hoping to be vindicated- they were on the ministry team- and no one wants to be a part of a sinking ship.
So it was that Word- the word Isaiah spoke about- the word of the Cross that would be the offence.
In the end of course Jesus and his men were vindicated- the kingdom would come- but not in the ‘earthly’ way the disciples had initially hoped for.
Jesus men would indeed be part of this new kingdom- they would go on after the Resurrection and be the fire starters that we read about in the book of Acts.
They would all die for the cause- minus one [John].
And the great work and mission would be a great success.
But none of this would have ever taken place- if Jesus listened to Peter- and denied the Cross. [Some sites see here https://corpuschristioutreachministries.blogspot.com/2023/02/sunday-sermon-text.html?m=0 ]
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