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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 131
Read: Mark 8:27-35

Gospel Summary
At the point of today’s reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus begins his journey to the cross and resurrection. It is clear that the disciples finally understand that Jesus is the messiah, but they still see this role as one of royal earthly glory. When Jesus corrects this image and explains that the Son of man must suffer rejection and death, Peter takes Jesus aside. Peter can’t believe such things could happen to someone destined to greatness and argues with Jesus. Jesus knows these things must happen and tells Peter to get behind him and follow. To follow, Peter, the disciples, and all who have come after them, must suffer as a servant for God, putting others before themselves.

Reflection For Families
All parents want the very best for their children! They willingly make sacrifices to provide the best opportunities for our children. They might sacrifice a career to stay at home with their children, or they might take on an extra job to save for college tuition. Parents often wish we could take the illness or discomfort from their children. They cannot stand to see their children suffer. Today’s Gospel cautions us to do that very thing. Like parents, we must give of ourselves for others. Remember, the best way to show each other how to live is by our example.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
Around the dinner table ask each family member, “Who do you say Jesus is?” As people give their answers, encourage them to include the name of someone who has helped them recognize Jesus and how they did that.

Discussion Starters

  1. One person’s burden I could help carry and how I will do it is…
  2. Something about myself I will change so that I can be a better follower of Jesus is…
  3. For me, the person who is a model of what it means to follow Jesus is…

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