September 12, 2021- 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 8: 27- 35

Gospel of 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 at 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, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”

As the assault from certain political leaders and ‘medical’ experts continues, we must not allow ourselves to be fooled by those who wish to destroy us and rob us of our God given rights. We must stand firm in the Truth. The Truth that was revealed to mankind through the teachings of Jesus Christ. When darkness descends upon the world, and everywhere we look, we are confronted with lies, we must not give up our hope in the true message that Jesus gave.

We must remember that we are no longer slaves of this world, for with His Sacrifice and Resurrection He freed us from death. He freed us from the threat of eternal darkness and damnation. He showered us with Light… cleansing us, He showered us with Truth.

Be not afraid. Jesus has told us that we are created for far greater things than this world can ever provide. We mustn’t allow our fear of death or disease allow us to be led away from the Gospel’s Truth. Do not allow your fear to rob you of your eternal life. ” For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” Stay true to the teachings of the Lord my friends, and don’t let the world persuade you to do anything less. God bless.  

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