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'However strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that he was and is God. God has landed on this enemy occupied world in human form' ~ CS Lewis
In his book Mere Christianity, CS Lewis grappled with the big question of who Jesus really was and is, attempting to address the very question asked of the disciples in today's Gospel: 'Who do you say I am?' It is the question upon which Christian writers and theologians continue to reflect. During his time as Pope, Benedict XVI wrote a three volume series, Jesus of Nazareth, dedicated to the question of who Jesus is.
The disciples in today's story hit the nail on the head. When Peter recognises 'You are the Christ', instead of praise there is a warning from Jesus: he himself is going to suffer and die, and his followers must be prepared for a similar fate, they must 'take up their cross' every day. It is a disturbing vision of discipleship; it seems Jesus did not come to put an end to all their troubles and in following him they might in fact encounter added hardship.
In the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 'What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world.'
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