Devotional

For Your Reflection:

 
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith.  This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.”  In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world.  In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ word.
But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.
 
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SCRIPTURE DESCRIPTION
WEEK OF September 16, 2018
 FIRST LESSON
 
PROVERBS 1:20-33
In these verses Wisdom is personified as a woman who invites all who will listen to follow her.  Though Wisdom offers her hand to those who scoff at her, they spurn all such counsel.  That they come to ruin is predictable.  Those who find Wisdom, however, find life.
 

SECOND LESSON

 
JAMES 3:1-12
This text uses various images to illustrate how damaging and hurtful the way we speak to and about others can be.  Not only are we to control our speech, but what we say and how we say it are to reflect our faith.
 
THE HOLY GOSPEL
 
MARK 8:27-38
This story provides the turning point in Mark’s gospel.  Peter is the first human being in the narrative to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but he cannot accept that as the Messiah Jesus will have to suffer.  Moreover, Jesus issues a strong challenge to all by connecting discipleship and the cross.