24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, 13th September 2015

YOU ARE THE CHRIST!

The First Reading is taken from the third Song of the Suffering Servant in the book of Isaiah. In spite of terrible opposition and suffering, he never wavers in his trust. God will come to his help.

In the same way, the Psalmist gives witness to the people assembled in the temple; he too endured untold sorrow and distress, but he called on the Lord who came to save him.

In the Gospel, Peter recognises Jesus as the Christ, the long awaited Messiah. However, he finds it difficult to accept that his friend Jesus, in the same way as the suffering Servant, will suffer grievously and be rejected by all. The way he thinks is not God’s way but man’s.

I cannot be a true disciple of Christ if, as James explains in the Second Reading, I do not show my love for him and for others by helping in a practical way those in need. In my prayer this week I might want to reflect on who I say Jesus is and on how my reply reflects the love and trust I have in him.

Lord, help me to show my love for you in the way I treat others.

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