24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Isaiah 50:4-9 II: James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare'a Philip'pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?"
28 And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Eli'jah; and others one of the prophets."
29 And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
30 And he charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men."
34 And he 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.
35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.

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Following Jesus is no rose garden. It will cost you everything.

  1. If you meet Jesus today, how do you answer his question: "Who do you say I am?"
  2. In what areas of your life (relationships, priorities, family, career...) does "your way" still conflict with "Jesus' way"?
  3. What does the call to "deny yourself and carry the cross" mean to you personally? How do you apply that in your life?

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