Thursday, March 22, 2012

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Troubling Words
Mark 8:27-9:1
March 22, 2012

Simple question
“Who do people say that I am?”
Our recitation of other’s opinions


Spurred his curiosity
The real question
“But who do YOU say that I am?”

Peter leaped
He did not dispute

Instead ordered silence
We knew
For a moment we knew

Clarity of moment
Dissipated into fear
Troubling words

Rise again?

Peter once more leaped
Rebuking, pushing, rejecting
Troubling words

Anger fierce, fast
“Get behind me, Satan!”
Peter the devil?  Or the devil in him?

Insight into divine
Came through such
Troubling words

We could not
Take them in
We could not

Understand his intent
Fathom his reasons
Such terrible trouble

Predicted in these
Troubling words
So many more

Gathered there, gathered
Round and he spoke
Of crosses

Roman death for
Criminals and traitors
He claimed his cross

Called us to claim
Our own
Necessary to carry

If we wanted
To follow him
Moment of clarity

Dissipated into
Confusion, pain, loss
Could we give up

Old beliefs, ideas
Relics of time past
Could we give up

Our lives for
his sake?
Carry our own cross?

His question remains
“But who do YOU say that I am?”
Crosses must still

Be claimed
Hefted, hoisted, lifted up
Their weight threatening

To break us
But in the breaking
We are made new


“But who do YOU say that I am?”

Troubling words

 Written for the Ecumenical Lenten Service, United Presbyterian Church, Shawnee, OK

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