Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Who do you say I am?”

The question that Jesus puts to the apostles, and us, this week is the fundamental question of our faith. Who exactly is Jesus to me? Peter’s answer is that he is the Christ, the anointed one of God. But if we are going to be a follower of Jesus, with all the carrying of crosses that that entails, we have to be clear in our own minds and hearts, just who Jesus is and therefore why we choose to be his followers. Knowing that his path is that of the cross and of laying down his life, then we must expect that that too will be our experience.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face from insult and spittle. (Isaiah 50:5-6)

  • When has the Lord opened your ear to hear his Word?
  • Reflect on the sufferings of Jesus described here. He suffered for you.
  • How do the sufferings of Jesus help make sense of your own sufferings?
  • Listen to the Lord who opens your ear.

 

Monday.

I love the Lord for he has heard the cry of my appeal; for he turned his ear to me in the day when I called him. (Psalm 114:1-2)

  • Remind yourself of times when the Lord heard your cries for help.
  • How does it feel that the Lord listens to you?
  • Knowing that he has heard you before, call to him now for the help you need.
  • Listen to the Lord who listens to you.

 

Tuesday.

Take the case, my brothers, of someone who has never done a single good act but claims that he has faith. Will that faith save him? (James 2:14)

  • Have you ever met anyone who has never done a single good act?
  • What motivates your good acts?
  • Will your faith save you?
  • Listen to the Lord who has faith in you.

 

Wednesday.

 If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on, and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty’, without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that? (James 2:15-16)

  • What part does charity play in your spiritual life?
  • Have you ever needed help? What was that like?
  • Why do people today not have the bare necessities of life?
  • Listen to the Lord who us that whatever we neglect to do to the of the brothers and sisters, we neglect to do to him.

 

Thursday.

This is the way to talk to people of that kind: ‘You say you have faith, and I have good deeds; I will prove to you that I have faith by showing you my good deeds – now prove to me that you have faith without any good deeds to show. (James 2:18)

  • Make a list of the good deeds you have done this week.
  • What does this list say about your faith?
  • What have you neglected to do?
  • Listen to the Lord who asks us to take care of each other.

 

Friday

Jesus put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am? And they told him, ‘John the Baptist,’ they said, ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ But you he asked, who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ (Mark 8:27-29)

  • Who do you say that Jesus is to you?
  • What does the title ‘Christ’ mean to you?
  • Which title of Jesus so you find most comfortable and why?
  • Listen to the Lord who asks you who he is to you.

 

Saturday

‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let his renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it, but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’ (Mark 8: 34-35)

  • What does Jesus mean by losing our lives for his sake?
  • How have you experienced taking up the cross as you follow him?
  • Think about the crosses in your life. Ask the Lord to help you carry them.
  • Listen to the Lord who holds you up.
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