24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th September 2021.

This week’s readings:

First Reading Isaiah 50:5-9 The anonymous servant of the Lord faces terrible persecution on account of his preaching. He does not resist.

Second ReadingJames 2:14-18 James maintains that the real sign of faith is utting that faith into practice.

Gospel Mark 8:27-35 Peter says, “You are the Christ”, but he fails to see that the Christ must suffer.

THE CROSS, OUR SOURCE OF HOPE AND SALVATION

Today’s theme reminds us of the duty, which all of us have, to take up our cross and carry it in the footsteps of Christ. This is not something that we do with pleasure, for the cross always entails some degree of suffering and death. We instinctively choose life and tend to enjoy life. And yet, the cross looms large on the horizon of our earthly existence. It may be the cross of sickness, of natural defects, of failures, or of injustices inflicted on us. Or it may be the cross of living out the demands of our faith, as St. James reminds us in today’s Second Reading. Or it is the cross of bearing with one another’s shortcomings within our own family, in our place of work, in our communities . . . .

In this Eucharist let us ask for the grace to carry our cross with patience and in a spirit of faith, always remembering that the cross is the great solid bridge to heaven.

Today let us pray also for all catechists and our grandparents since it is the Sunday when we are invited to honor them and pray for them. – Word and Life