Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Family Bible Study - Sunday, September 13th, 2009 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading:
Mark 8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and
on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they
answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the
prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him,
“You are the Messiah.” 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about
him. 31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great
suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be
killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter
took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples,
he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not
on divine things but on human things.” 34 He called the crowd with his disciples,
and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves
and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will
lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Questions for discussion:
1. A lot of people say that Jesus was just a good or famous man of God, like
John the Baptist, Elijah or the other prophets. Who do you say that Jesus is?

2. Peter tried to stop Jesus from suffering, and Jesus said he was behaving like
the devil, because at that moment Peter was trying to stop Jesus from fulfilling
His mission, as the devil always tries to do. What is Jesus’ mission? How can
we help Him to accomplish it?

3. Jesus says that to be His disciples, His followers, we need to do three
things. What are they? (Hint: see verse 34). Do you try to do all three?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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