Reflection for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time...September 16, 2018 by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
“Who do you say that I am?” This week’s readings are taking us on another step in our journey of faith. In Isaiah it is our personal journey with God and accepting who He is. God has opened our ears to Him, heard our cries, and has asked us to express faith in our actions to others by loving one another. It will not be easy, there will be suffering for believing in Him and there will be sacrifice as we learn to love one another.
Then In the reading from James, as Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am”, our faith has revealed he is God. But then Peter in his concern, tells Jesus that he shouldn’t have to suffer so greatly in his faith. Jesus silences him quickly as we cannot lose our relationship with God – we must take up our cross and follow Him. The world wants to draw our focus to our own physical world and comforts. It cannot be – our walk is with the Lord, and He will pick us up when we fall, hear our prayers, take away our worries, give us joy in life, and free us from death.