“The Rebuking or Calling of Saint Peter” by an anonymous painter in the Flemish School (c. 1600) shows the famous scene from Mark 8 & Matthew 16 in which Peter makes his profound confession of Christ’s deity, and then just as quickly rebukes Jesus, who has just foretold his imminent suffering. Jesus then draws a contrast between Peter’s easy way out, on the one hand, and the true nature of discipleship, on the other hand, which will necessarily include a Christ-like suffering and submission of the will to God. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their crosses and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”

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