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C O U R S E 
Jesus in Scripture and Tradition
Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame
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Chosenness and Responsibility to Love and Service
Notes taken on May 19, 2017 by Edward Tanguay
what hold's true for the identity of Jesus also holds true for those who would be his disciples
"And Jesus called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, if any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, for whoever save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it, for what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?" (Mark 8:34-36)
who Jesus is overlaps rather closely with who the church is
both must take up their cross to fulfill their vocation
chosenness is ordered to the love and service of others
a love so great that it will be willing to die for others
whoever wishes to be a follower of Jesus must die onto himself
Jesus defines what it means to be a beloved son of God
there is a substantial overlap with what we saw in the book of Genesis
Old Testament is much like the New Testament on this point
Joseph thought that his first dream was all about his own power
disciples follow Jesus in order that they may be the prime beneficiaries when he arises to power
the sons of Jacob and the disciples both get it wrong on this point
chosenness is not about power and prestige
rather it concerns a power of responsibility to use a position of divine favor to benefit others
for Joseph this meant learning that his own chosenness led to the feeding of his own family and others
for Jesus, chosenness meant offering his life to others, a task his disciples would be invited to participate in after Jesus' own resurrection
the travel narrative is punctuated of three predictions of the passion
first prediction of the passion
Peter rebuked Jesus for harboring such thoughts about his mission
Peter was sorely rebuked by Jesus for this
second prediction of the passion
"They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and when he is killed, after three days he will rise." (Mark 9:30-31)
disciples are now wise enough not to rebuke Jesus
they don't know what it means
they are afraid to ask him, recalling the harsh words he gave to Peter
but the situation is graver than this
it is one level of mistake to not understand a concept
it is another level of mistake to hold a position that is diametrically opposite
in Mark, we have to pay attention to how the stories are juxtaposed
we have to notice these jarring juxtapositions that these stories present
"And they came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, what were you discussing on the way? But they were silent, for on the way they had discussion with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve, and he said to them, if any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me." (Mark 9:33-35)
"John said to him, Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us. But Jesus said, do not forbid him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be ablet soon aster to speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward." (Mark 9:38-40)
we see the same schema as in the first prediction
a misunderstanding
a concluding statement about discipleship
understanding Jesus is understanding one's own role as a disciple of Jesus