Reading for Sunday: Mark 8:27-38
Peter’s typical reactive behavior snatches away a moment of grace and glory. He has just confessed Jesus as the Christ, but then succumbs to arrogance when he rebukes Jesus for predicting his passion. Christ pounds Peter’s spirit into coming to an awareness of his foolishness by calling him “Satan.” That must have gotten Peter’s deep attention!
The suffering of Jesus implicates all those who follow him. Yet Jesus leads the way. Keep the focus upon the Lord; Jesus will meet the deepest needs of those who have given their lives to him.
If you are one with Jesus, your eternal salvation is secure, a salvation that is beginning right now. Let the question of Jesus in verse 37 mull around your heart every hour. It will sober your spirit.
The Reading for Today
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
We are reading from the Gospel of Mark until the First Sunday in Advent.
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