Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27
PROBLEMATIC PASSAGE: GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 16:21
Current reading: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.
WHY IS THIS WORDING PROBLEMATIC?
This wording implies that all the elders, chief priests and scribes will be responsible for Jesus’ suffering and death. These horrors are attributed, not to the Romans who actually beat up, whipped and crucified Jesus, but to prominent Jews.
As members of our congregations hear this reading from the pulpit, what impression are they getting of Jewish religious leadership? What impact, if any, will this have on their attitude toward Jewish leaders in today’s world?
A POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE WORDINGS
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly at the hands of his opponents, and be killed and on the third day be raised.