Is. 50:5-9a | Ps. 116:1-6, 8-9 | James 2:14-18 | Mk. 8:27-35
At one moment, Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is right there and gives the correct answer: “You are the Messiah.” Almost immediately, Peter puts his foot into his mouth when he tries to tell Jesus that He cannot allow Himself to be killed by the Romans. It is as if he is two different people. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? You are doing and saying the right thing and then all of a sudden you have put your foot into your mouth? Or, to put it in other words, at one minute you are willing to do anything for anyone and the next minute when obstacles come, you want anything but what seems to be happening. We all find ourselves in this fashion sometime or other. Jesus tells us what we don’t want to hear: “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.” This is a fact of life. Whenever we live for others by helping them and going out of our way for them, we are happy. When we look out only for #1, then we get stuck on ourselves; and, this is when we are miserable and usually everyone around us is miserable as well.
How are you being called today to go out to help others? Is there someone in your family, among the people at work, etc., who needs your help? How do you respond to those who are homeless? Those without food? This is a call of Jesus to us today. It may be the cross we are invited to carry today. Ask Christ for the courage and strength to help others in need.