Perhaps the disciples have been captivated by the kind of power embodied by Augustus and Herod.
Season after Pentecost | 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 (Psalm 54); James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 | Semi-continuous first reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 (Psalm 1)
Efforts to avoid the term proof are mistaken—both as a reading of Aquinas and as a broader claim about whether God exists.
Our proclivity for greatness is rather embarrassing, isn’t it? No wonder the disciples keep their mouths shut when Jesus inquires about the topic of their conversation on the road. We want it, and we want it big time—recognition, sway, importance—but we also get that we shouldn’t admit this out loud.
For there to be a heresy about the cross, there would have to be an orthodoxy about it. Michael Gorman argues that contentions over how Jesus saves lead to an inadequate grasp of what the Passion means and does.
reviewed by S. Mark Heim March 10, 2015