St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Zechariah 2:5-9,14-15 + Luke 9:43-45
September 30, 2017
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
Today’s Gospel passage, from fairly early in Luke’s Gospel account (in chapter 9 of 24 chapters), helps us to focus squarely on Jesus, even if His words here confuse the disciples. You and I have the advantage of hindsight, of course, in knowing “the rest of the story” of the Gospel. We know perfectly well what Jesus is referring to when He predicts that the “Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
Still, we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back for being unlike the disciples portrayed today. Consider the setting of today’s Gospel passage. We need to recognize Jesus’ deliberateness in choosing the moment that He did to speak the words that He did: it was “[w]hile they were all amazed at His every deed” that Jesus foretold His Passion.
What is the relationship between these two: Jesus’ amazing deeds and His Passion? Did Jesus foretell His Passion when He did to bring the disciples back down to earth, similar to the occasion of His Transfiguration? Was Jesus wanting to minimize the significance of His amazing deeds, or at least to help the disciples realize that they were not the ultimate reason for His presence in their midst? Reflect on these questions in the light of your own desire for God to work amazing deeds in your life, and your reluctance to share in the “handing over” of Jesus that He foretells today.