Today’s gospel is Luke 9:18-22
One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life’. ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
After St Peter’s profession of faith, Jesus reveals the way of the Cross by which he will accomplish his saving mission as the Christ of God (bold text above). Today’s optional memorial for the martyrs Ss Cosmas and Damian is one extra ordinary way in which we follow the sacrificial life our Lord and Master. A far more ordinary way in which we can follow Jesus is the every day sacrifices involved in being charitable and putting others before our self. This is the subject of today’s Mid Morning Reading. (Phil 2:2-4)
Be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.