Why He Came: cup and baptism

serve-one-anotherJesus Responds. It would be good to know Jesus’ tone of voice when he responds. Is it exasperation caused by their continuing blindness? Is it said as a tired sigh but with a willingness to again engage them and lead them to a deeper understanding and awareness? Does it have an edge? It might well be the simple inquiry to uncover what they understand: “Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”

There are several lines of interpretation regarding Jesus’ reply. Some scholars hold that the images offered (“drink” and “baptism”) do not hold the same significance for the disciples as they do for Jesus. In this line of thought, the cup and baptism point to Jesus’ voluntary obedience unto death for the sins of humanity; whereas, the images suggest the disciples moral participation in Jesus’ passion. [Lane, 379]. But the construct of the sentence is in the present tense. In other words, right at his moment, Jesus is drinking and being baptized. This seems to point to something other than a future moral participation in the Passion. Continue reading

Woe unto us

woe_unto_youThe Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees!… You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” (Luke 11:42)

I recently saw “The Martian.”  Loved the book and the movie; go see it. I was fascinated by the movies that were previewed. I always think that the folks in marketing select the previews based on who they think is about to watch the feature movie. So, if the movies were sci-fi related or uplifting movies about the human condition in the face of adversity, I would have not been surprised. But the previews were almost all horror movies. Maybe its the proximity to Halloween. Not for all the tea in China would I watch a horror movie. Even at my age they would still induced night mares. It has been over 40 years and thinking about the “The Exorcist” can still send me into cold sweats. Continue reading