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Sunday Mass: Cut it Off?

September 27th
Sometimes churches have outdoor signs with positive, welcoming words from Jesus chosen from the Gospels. For example: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) "Take courage, I have conquered the world." (John 16:33) "The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10)

Sunday Mass: A Teacher’s Frustration

September 20th
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9:30-37), Jesus might have felt like a frustrated teacher for the lesson he was trying to impart was missed by his students, by his disciples. Jesus was teaching them that suffering and death awaited him in Jerusalem. “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” Jesus was not going to be the long-awaited Messiah who would free the people from the yoke of Rome and restore the Kingdom of Israel.


Sunday Mass: What Cross is Ours?

September 13th
this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 8:27-35) might lead some people to think that Christians are supposed to willingly endure suffering and pain in life. There Jesus tells his disciples “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 then goes on to say, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Certainly there is no greater symbol of pain and suffering in Christianity than the cross.