Sun Mass readings (We are not saved by faith alone / Thinking like humans and not as God thinks)

September 13, 2009

Reading 1
Is 50:5-9a

The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
***and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting. ***

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;

I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let that man confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

R. (9)I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
I love the LORD because he has heard
my voice in supplication,
Because he has inclined his ear to me
the day I called.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;
I fell into distress and sorrow,
And I called upon the name of the LORD,

“O LORD, save my life!”
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
Gracious is the LORD and just;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD keeps the little ones;
I was brought low, and he saved me.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
For he has freed my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
or: Alleluia.

**Reading II
Jas 2:14-18 **

***What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him? ***
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ”
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?
So also faith of itself,
if it does not have works, is dead.

Indeed someone might say,
“You have faith and I have works.”
Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

Mk 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.”


It is prophesied that the coming Messiah will not resist when he is persecuted and hated and eventually crucified.

We humans resist being tormented and in a way that’s not bad because it is right to hate evil. But sometimes we hate the evil that is done to us far more than the worse evil that is done to others (abortion :(). We pity ourselves when really our lives are a virtual paradise compared to the lives of, say, starving children … :frowning: We are so spoiled by prosperity… its pathetic…:mad:

Faith by itself cannot save you. We must do the things Jesus said to do… feed the hungry, help the oppressed… In so doing we are caring for Jesus (St Mt 25:31)


Peter is rebuked by Jesus even though Jesus knows that what he says he says out of love for Him… Jesus is probably angry because Peter is thinking like a human and not the way God thinks… something we ALL do…

so I guess Jesus is angry with all of us weak, sinful, this-wordly thinking humanoids…

But angry or not, He always loves… :hug1:

Personally, i believe it is God the Father who is angry with us over sin… I don’t believe Jesus ever gets very angry with us… well, at least not with those who are TRYING… but i don’t know if the Church would approve of that particular thought… just my subjective “ponderings”… *

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