April 3, 2014
Mark 8:27-9:1 1 Cor 12: 12-26
In today’s reading Jesus confronts us with a personal profession of our faith and belief in God. Do we live by “the faith of our father” and ancestors or do we live by our personal experience of God? Do we know the face of God or is our God a theology, doctrine, something that was passed down to us? If we live by our personal relationship or experience of God then like Jesus we might “undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes….”
If we compromise our personal relationship with God and blindly live by the proclamation of others we will not live but merely exist. And we might hear Jesus saying, “Get behind me Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things,” or, “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?”
St. Paul believes that anyone who lives by their relationship with God and are nourished and inspired by the Spirit all belong to one family – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, everyone.