This week’s gospel follows Jesus as he and the disciples face a time of crisis. The sense of anticipation among his followers has been building. Their hopes are high, and growing. But what he says to them this day will shock them. Their expectation for the Messiah is of a triumphant figure, dealing out God’s justice. But Jesus speaks of his coming suffering and death, and invites his friends to follow him in the way of the cross. This picture of what it means to be faithful is different from anything they have heard before. Peter is convinced Jesus has it all wrong. Jonathan’s sermon is drawn from Mark 8:27-36, and his title is “Recalculating…”
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