I feel like I need to start dealing with the input, so I’ve opened my first Reading Journal to the first day’s entries. The date was 16 February 2017.*
In Magnificat that day, I read about Peter rebuking Jesus for talking about his upcoming Passion.
Peter did not want to believe that Jesus would have to suffer and die. Why would he want to and why would he be inclined to? Peter believed that Jesus was the Messiah, that He had come to save his people, the Hebrews. If I’m counting on a hero, chances are that the scenario in my head does not include him getting killed.
How much did Peter know? He had been a fisherman. Would he have been terribly knowledgeable about Sacred Scripture?
According to Father Stephen Freeman, the Old Testament needs to be read through Christ. Jesus illuminates the Scriptures. They make little sense apart from Him. When Peter rebuked Jesus, though, Jesus had not yet risen from the dead.
Here’s what I copied down from Magnificat:
Peter rebukes Jesus for speaking openly about his imminent Passion and Death. For Peter, such suffering does not correspond to the profession he has just made: “You are the Christ.” The Lord responds, “Get behind me, Satan.” To claim Christ without his cross is akin to Satanism. The sign of the unending covenant is the red of Christ’s shed blood.
Isn’t that interesting? To claim Christ without his cross is akin to Satanism. Isn’t that exactly what people who consider Jesus a prophet, a wise man, a good teacher are doing? Jesus was God! God took on human flesh and became the ultimate victim. He sacrificed himself for us. That is the truth of the matter, the heart of the matter. You really cannot accept Jesus and reject his cross.
But what about those who claim the cross without Christ?
*Back in February, Bridget came home with a beautiful journal for me. It sat on my desk for a few days, and whenever I’d look at it, I’d think, “I wish I could start right in, but I have lots of in-process and untouched journals already.” Then I got an idea: I could use the book to keep track of all the books I read, copying down an excerpt (sometimes just a sentence) from each one each day. I’m now on my fourth Reading Journal, and while the first was manufactured by Peter Pauper Press, I prefer Paperblanks. Further, this post is transcribed from what I wrote in a notebook earlier today, just as I do with the Observations (on the Bible) posts. When I write out my thoughts on a subject by hand, I tend to be much more spontaneous and perhaps less logical than when I craft a post at the keyboard.