|Open Bible: April 2002||
"From that time (when Peter explicitly acknowledged that he was sent by God) Jesus was beginning to show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders, and chief priests and scribes, to be killed and be raised again the third day" Mathew 16, 21).
Mathew, Mark (8, 31) and Luke (9, 22) reported this key
sentence in their Gospel. More than a simple announcement of
the close Pascal event, it represents a fundamental aspect of
the life of Christ and his followers because "a disciple
is not above his master"
In this part of the Gospel, Mathew speaks about the suffering of Jesus at a specific time and place, Jerusalem, the religious center of his country. It will be a relatively short moment of confrontation with the elders, the chief priests and the scribes who represent the main powers.
The power of the scribes resides in their knowledge and
in their possibility to define what is true in the Holy Scriptures.
Acting as non-violent, during his trial, he just pronounced a few essential words on his identity and his message. That did not prevent him to adequately recall their responsibility when they were offending him: the soldier who was slapping him, Pilate who was playing with his undisputed power.
All through the course of his passion one can notice how his conscience is peaceful; he is a free man. He is not there to obey any order coming from above but simply to faithfully practice "the beatitudes" The people who did not want a new order made of fraternity and equality cannot tolerate that.
There is not any more undisputable authority, neither fascinating sacred world, nor infallible knowledge for his disciples, it is so different from their unmovable attitude!
Testifying for the love of God, animated by God, the Christians
are not ideologists in charge of promoting a religious system
and of defending it with a sword like their opponent one as during
the time of the crusades. Not using the weapons of this world,
they respond to their offenders only by calm and committed statements
or by their silence.