The sec­ond pre­dic­tion of the pas­sion

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Gospel Read­ing: Lk 9:43b-45

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they were all amazed at his ev­ery deed, Je­sus said to his dis­ci­ples, “Pay at­ten­tion to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not un­der­stand this say­ing; its mean­ing was hid­den from them so that they should not un­der­stand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this say­ing.

RE­FLEC­TION The Son of Man is to be handed over

The cul­mi­na­tion of Je­sus’ pub­lic min­istry in Galilee is Peter’s con­fes­sion of him as “the Mes­siah of God” (Lk 9:20). But im­me­di­ately Je­sus clar­i­fies that con­trary to pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions of the Mes­siah as a glo­ri­ous fig­ure, he is the suf­fer­ing one. He then pre­dicts that he will suf­fer greatly, be re­jected by the el­ders, and be killed. He then in­vites his dis­ci­ples to fol­low him on the way of the cross.

The Gospel con­tains the sec­ond pre­dic­tion of the pas­sion. This un­der­scores the fact that the suf­fer­ing of Je­sus will in­deed come to pass. There is no equiv­o­ca­tion at all: “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” The pas­sive form “is to be handed over” is un­der­stood in the the­o­log­i­cal sense. It is a di­vine pas­sive. The con­no­ta­tion is that the be­trayal of Je­sus – through the ac­tion of his ad­ver­saries – is within the sphere of the di­vine plan of sav­ing men. Je­sus’ en­e­mies act ac­cord­ing to their na­ture and in­ten­tion, which God re­spects. God, how­ever, in­te­grates their roles in the story of sal­va­tion such that the story pro­ceeds ac­cord­ing to God’s in­ten­tions and not men’s.

God can write straight out of crooked lines. How has this been true of your per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence?

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