GOSPEL COMMENTARY: “THE SON OF MAN IS TO BE HANDED OVER TO MEN” (Lk 9:43b–45).
While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary to the Gospel of St. Luke (with permission)
Second prophecy of the Passion
- 44 Christ predicts his Passion and Death a number of times.
- Initially he does so in veiled terms (Jn 2:19; Lk 5:35) to the crowd; and later, much more explicitly, to his disciples (Lk 9:22), though they fail to understand his words, not because what he says is not clear, but because they do not have the right dispositions.
- St. John Chrysostom comments: “Let no one be scandalized by this imperfection in the Apostles; for the Cross had not yet been reached nor the grace of the Spirit given” (Hom. on St Matthew, 65).
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