In the Gospel, Jesus is presenting to his friends the real meaning of what it is going to mean to be the Christ and the Son of God. He will have to show up in Jerusalem. There is a deep reality to Jesus’ being the Christ, and a deeper reality of the disciples’ being followers of the Christ. Jesus invites them to come with him by means of being faithful to their relationship with him. In our life we have crosses that come our way we still need to be faithful followers of Christ and embrace those crosses with God’s help.
Fr. Jason Keas