A Sunday Reflection

24st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

“Who do people say that I am?” (Mk 8:27), the question that Jesus asks the disciples in today’s gospel, is one that has been repeated throughout the ages. The answer then was “John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the prophets” (8:27). Today, some regard Jesus as just a great teacher. But if that’s all Jesus is, he has no claim on our hearts, no reason to ask us to follow him, to take up the cross, to lose our life for his sake.

No, the One who gave his life for us, suffering rejection and death is more than just a teacher. When, next, he asks the disciples “Who do you say that I am?”, Peter responds for all of them, “You are the Christ” (8:29). Let that also be our response. In the darkest hours, may our faith in Jesus as Messiah and Lord sustain us.

God bless you!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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BUT AFTER YOU ARE FILLED with the Eucharist, thus give thanks: We thank You, holy Father, for Your holy name which You caused to tabernacle in our hearts, and for the knowledge and faith and immortality, which You made known to us through Jesus Your Servant; to You be the glory forever.

You, Master almighty, created all things for Your name’s sake; You gave food and drink to men for enjoyment, that they might give thanks to You; but to us You freely gave spiritual food and drink and life eternal through Your Servant. Before all things we thank You that You are mighty; to You be the glory forever.

Remember, Lord, Your Church, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in Your love, and gather it from the four winds, sanctified for Your kingdom which You have prepared for it; for Yours is the power and the glory forever. Let grace come, and let this world pass away. Hosanna to the God (Son) of David! If any one is holy, let him come; if any one is not so, let him repent. Maran atha. Amen.

Watch for your life’s sake. Let not your lamps be quenched, nor your loins unloosed; but be ready, for you know not the hour in which our Lord comes. Matthew 24:42 But often shall you come together, seeking the things which are befitting to your souls: for the whole time of your faith will not profit you, if you be not made perfect in the last time.

The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. Early Christian catechetical text, written between 60-120.

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