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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2012

WE ARE SAINTS, NOT ANGELS

If you recall last week, we spoke to the tensions of our faith – the irony of dying to live, blindness to see, deafness to hear, last to be first and so on.  This week, the scriptures elaborate on that tension and at the same time, speak out against extremists views concerning faith and works.

Our first reading from Isaiah comes from what scripture scholars call the songs of the suffering servant – today we hear from the third of the four and it speaks of the inner resolve of the servant of God.  Despite the insults, the servant of God retains human dignity, interior strength and confidence in God.

But in our second reading, James speaks of the external works that are necessary – our faith must be lived out – demonstrated.  Indeed, this letter from James is one of the great signals of the differences between Catholicism and many of our Protestant Brothers and Sisters.

Then in the Gospel – Jesus brings these seeming extremes together – the internal and the external realm – the divine and the human.  “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks Peter – and so too does Jesus ask us.

CLICK HERE for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 114; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35)

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