Gospel for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 8:27-35
“Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They said in reply, ‘John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter said to him in reply, ‘You are the Christ.’ Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking as his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.’
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself/herself, take up his/her cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his/her life will lose it, but whoever loses his/her life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.’”
Imagine the scene with Jesus.
Sit with your image of Jesus.
Carry that experience of Jesus into your day.
Heritage word–“If you desire the good God to remain with you, then persevere in great confidence in His infinite goodness, and keep yourself united to Him.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)