In today's Gospel, it is Peter who answers on behalf of the other eleven disciples. Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, that is, the one who has been anointed by God and sent as the Messiah. The popular conception of the Messiah at the time of Jesus was that he would be a political leader who would help the people regain the political independence they had lost to the Romans in 63 B.C. Peter is accurate when he says that Jesus is the Messiah, but he still has to understand that his image of Messiah, which is largely influenced by the political expectations of the time, does not correspond to the type of Messiah Jesus really is. After reprimanding Peter, Jesus addresses his followers and states clearly what is demanded of all who want to be his disciples. He does not attempt to make things easier, to smooth things over; he sets three standards by which to judge how firm is the disciple's purpose: "renounce yourself, take up your cross, and follow me. ”Renounce yourself" means: "stop thinking about yourself!" stop making yourself the center of all your interests, forgetting the others. If one wants to follow Christ one must, first of all, reject this selfishness and stop assessing one's options in the light of one's interests. The second categorical injunction: "Take up your cross" does not mean the need to bear patiently with all the tribulations in life, and even less does it present pain and sorrow as a means to please God. The Christian does not seek pain but love. The cross is the sign of love and self-giving. To carry one's cross after Christ means to join him as he gives the greatest proof of his love. The third: "Follow me" does not stand for "take me as a model" but "share my choice," take part in my plan, live your life for love of people with me.