Mark 8: 31-33
31He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
There is a very interesting video I found in youtube.com entitled “The Greatest Action Story Ever Told.” It tells the story of The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who wanted to prevent the death of Jesus. So, he went to the time of Jesus and he acted as his bodyguard. He told Jesus that his apostle would soon betray him. But Jesus told him he has already accepted his fate.
At the time of the Last Supper, knowing that Judas would betray the Messiah, Arnold The Terminator suddenly entered and shot Judas, to everyone’s surprise. Not delighted with the Terminator’s act, Jesus brought Judas back to life.
However, The Terminator Arnold kept on shooting Judas and insisted that his mission was to protect Jesus. The Messiah then rebuked him and explained it was part of the master plan. He would die for the sins of the world.
To cut the story short, Jesus was handed over and was crucified…
Brothers and sisters, in few days, we will be entering the season of Lent. We are once again invited to reflect on The Man who faced death that we may be given life.
As we look forward to the coming Ash Wednesday, we are asked to meditate on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus. He was our Friend who laid down his life for us. What greater act could match death to save one’s beloved! It was indeed heroic and sublime.
We are also called on to imitate Jesus in his self-denial and carry our own cross. Whatever your pains and your trials, you offer them for the love of Christ.
But the story of Arnold the Terminator did not end there. At the foot of the cross, while Mary was crying, he consoled her, “Don’t worry, He will be back!”
What a good finale! This should also be our attitude. While we meditate on the Cross of Christ (Paschal Mystery), we also eagerly look forward to His coming back to life (Easter). While we courageously accept our own crosses in this life, we also look forward to a meritorious next life ahead.
Have a good day!

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