Reflection on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (September 16 )
(First Reading: Isaiah 50, 5-9; Ps 114: 1-6, 8-9; Second Reading: James 2: 14-18; Gospel: Mark 8, 27-35)
The twenty fourth Sunday of ordinary time suggests to us the theme of the Suffering Messiah. The gospel of Mark puts at the central stage Jesus as the messiah, while it clears away all the misleading ideas about him. This Gospel is placed at the center of the Gospel of Mark when the fame of Jesus is at the peak and is the fruit of the miracles he has accomplished: the healing of a Syrophaenician woman’s daughter, the healing of a deaf and dumb man, the feeding the of crowd Mark 8, 1-10 and the healing of the blind man Mark 8, 22-26.
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20th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR B
“What is this man talking about? Eating his flesh and drinking his blood? Are we to become cannibals? The man is mad. He should be locked up in a mad house! Let us go...” The crowd, the Jews, were angry and grumbling and so parted company with Jesus and went away.
18th SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME YEAR B
The miracle of the multiplication of the bread impressed so much the apostles, that the evangelists recorded six versions of the same event. Many tried to explain what really happened that day. Someone considered it a classic miracle, something that went beyond any human explanation; for others it was just a catechetical story meant to teach that the generosity of one boy, who offered his five bread and two fish to help Jesus, can trigger the generosity hidden in the heart of many and awaken in them the desire to imitate the boy.
XVI Sunday ordinary time. 22 July 2018
Imagine you started a project or an enterprise with friends. You shared ideas, plans, work, difficulties and achievements. You worked hard together for years, sharing responsibilities and gains for the enjoyment of all. But at a certain moment one or two of the co-workers began to steal money to fill their own pockets and broke the loyalty to the company. You, who first conceived the initiative and the idea of the business, would surely feel disappointed, and with angry words would dismiss those individuals and look for others more competent and more deserving of your trust.