One day while Jesus is talking his many trips to teach and heal people, he stops at a town in the north that has springs feeding into the Jordan River. All about are temples to other gods. So it’s a good spot for Jesus to ask his disciples about who people think Jesus is. The report is given. But then Jesus asks the disciples who they think he is, Peter speaks up and gives the perfect answer: “You are the the Messiah, the Christ,” which means “The one anointed with oil.”
But look: Jesus begins to tell his disciples what is going to happen to him—that he’s going to suffer and die on the cross. Follow closely how Jesus deals with Peter’s refusal to believe this. Then come some strong words about us—those who want to be today’s disciples of Jesus. People with worldly manners will not understand the ways of Jesus; in fact they will often make trouble for the loving disciples of Jesus and sometimes will even kill them! Listen closely to Jesus’s words here and talk with those sharing these daily readings with you to help you appreciate Jesus’s message for you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Losing life, for saving life v. 35
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…