“You are the Christ of God.
The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously”
The Word This Week
Out of a seemingly innocent question comes the dark shadow of the cross: Jesus must teach his disciples that to be the “Anointed One”, “the Christ”, means to follow the path of sacrifice to the very end. He is not a King who comes with armies, but a King who comes with truth and humility, prepared to die for that truth about God’s Kingdom. But the mourning is always to be seen in the light of Easter – “being raised on the third day”, when “a fountain will be opened”, the fountain of Baptism and eternal life in the death and resurrection of the Lord.
First Reading: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1
Responsorial Psalm: For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God.
Second Reading: Galatians 3:26-29
Gospel: Luke 9:18-24