Based on the gospel for Sunday 16 September 2018 – Mark 8:27-35
This reflection and prayer were written by Sue Allerton, from Our Lady of Grace parish, Prestwich near Manchester. It is taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflections, to which you can subscribe. Sue has been contributing to the national weekly reflections for the last few weeks and prepares the CAFOD in Salford monthly prayers.
This week’s text is the turning point of Mark’s Gospel.
So far, we have read stories of the amazing goodness and power of Jesus, but He has not fully been recognised yet.
Now Peter speaks out – “You are the Christ” – another step forward in the disciples’ understanding.
But Jesus prefers, for the moment, the title “Son of Man” not a dominating political leader, but a “suffering servant” whose destiny it is to suffer and die.
Mark attaches a series of sayings on discipleship and loyalty to the confrontation between Jesus and Peter. Jesus is saying that – if we would share in His mission – then suffering and death are inevitable. But we also have the hope of resurrection. This gospel from Mark invites us to see ourselves as servants in our response to the cry of the poor and acts as a call to put our faith into action.
Creator God, You made us in Your image and likeness. Help us to be Your hands in our world today, continuing Your creation and channelling Your love to everyone. We ask for strength, patience and perseverance, in Jesus’s name. Amen.
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