24th Sunday of Year B


Whether small or great, suffering is unavoidable in any communion of persons, writes Father Hawkswell. “However, paradoxically – because we were made for love and communion – it delights us. Lovers positively enjoy giving up their own wishes for the sake of the beloved.” (Adobe)



To follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves and take up our crosses, as he did. Those who try to save their lives will lose them; those who lose their lives for his sake will save them.

This paradox runs all through Jesus’ teaching. If we are poor, sad, persecuted, insulted, or slandered, the world calls us unfortunate; if we are meek, merciful, or peaceable, the world calls us weak, timid, or lazy; if we are hungry for righteousness or single-hearted in our devotion to God, the world calls us unrealistic and impractical.

But Jesus said we should consider ourselves blest. As soon as we see things “in the right perspective” – “in terms of God’s values” – “the standards of the world are turned upside down,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

We see a similar paradox when we ask the question at the beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: If God cares for us, “why do evil and suffering exist?” The short answer – which takes the whole of the Catholic faith to explain it – is, because love exists.…..

Fr. Michael Chua



St Peter’s confession of faith is not only the turning point in St Mark’s gospel narrative but also a turning point in his relationship with the Lord. The disciple’s identity and mission pivots on the identity and mission of the Lord. To follow Him, which is to say to imitate Him, requires that they first know who He is. But to grasp that Jesus is the Messiah, is not the same as understanding what it means to be the Messiah. What the Lord does or must do, they must follow. Here, we see a breakthrough, a burst of light, a moment of enlightenment. But with every breakthrough there must be resistance, and with light, comes the shadow cast by darkness. On the one hand, Peter, the representative of all disciples, gets it but moments later we realise that he still has much to learn, to grow in both understanding and commitment.

Instead of looking at the famous exchange between St Peter and our Lord, I would like to lead you to consider the teaching of our Lord in the last part of today’s passage. It was precisely Peter’s gross misunderstanding of this teaching, which got him into trouble.

The saying of our Lord here is perhaps one of His most ironic and paradoxical. Whenever we wish to win people to a cause, a party or a club, we point out the advantages they would gain should they join our group. No sane person would paint a dark sombre picture of your organisation and expect to get long lines queuing up to sign up. When our Lord wanted people to follow Him, He said some very strange words: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.”…..

Fr. Austin Fleming



Jesus poses simple but penetrating questions as he does here when he asks,  “Who do you say that I am?” Last night I celebrated Mass for my high school classmates at our 50th reunion. I invited them to think back a half-century to how we might have answered Jesus’ question as graduating seniors from Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody.

– Who was Jesus for us when we were 17/18 years old?
– Who did we say Jesus was for us in college?
– And how did we answer that same question as we married, had children, raised families and met the situations and circumstances, the joys and happiness, the losses and pain that come into every life?

In the good times and in the bad times how have we answered the question,  “Who do you say that I am.”

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino



The first reading for today is taken from the second part of the Book of Isaiah, sometimes referred to as Second Isaiah.  I want to point out part of the passage:

 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward.  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.  For the Lord GOD helps me; therefore, I have not been confounded; therefore, I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.

Second Isaiah is written for people in exile.  The People of Israel suffered because they had been taken away from their homeland by the Babylonians.  Yet, they knew that this was God’s punishment for their turning to pagan ways.  This second part of Isaiah is the Book of Consolation.  The prophet says that a day will come when the sins of the people will be expiated and God will lead them back home.  Today’s reading is the third Song of the Suffering Servant.  A prophet shall come who will willing take upon himself the guilt of the people so that he can suffer for them. He is not a masochist.  He does not want to suffer, but he does want to sacrifice himself out of love for God and his people. …




This is Fr. Roger Landry and it’s a privilege for me to be with you as we enter into the consequential conversation the Risen Lord Jesus wants to have with each of us this Sunday, when we will eavesdrop and participate in perhaps the most pivotal dialogue in the Gospel, when Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?”

In response to the first question, the poll of what other people were saying, the disciples were eager to respond. They informed him that the people were numbering Jesus among the greatest Jewish heroes of all time, like the prophets Elijah and Jeremiah, and, more recently, John the Baptist. But Jesus didn’t stop there. First, because it wasn’t enough to rest on what the surveys said, to rely on what others believed, despite the exalted circles into which people were placing Jesus. Second, because the assessments weren’t true. Jesus was far greater than Elijah, Jeremiah and John. He was greater than Abraham, Moses, David and Solomon. Third,because Jesus didn’t want those with him merely to remain “fans” or “admirers” of him because that would not set them on the path on which he had come into the world to lead them.

Fr. George Smiga



Nobody wants to fail. None of us tries to make mistakes. All of us are embarrassed when we mess up. But mess up we do. Failing is a part of living, and all of us can fail in a variety of ways. We can fail in our relationships: hurting our marriage, our children, our friends. We can fail in our jobs, taking on more than we can handle, cutting corners that lead to disaster, betraying the trust that others place in us. We can fail ourselves: giving in to apathy and self-pity, nurturing a private selfishness, trading in on our good name.

There are many ways to fail. The question is not whether we will make a mistake, but how we will respond when we do. Here is where the experience of Peter can help us. In today’s gospel, among the villages of Caesarea Philippi, Peter makes a serious mistake. Buoyed up with pride at his ability to realize that Jesus is the Messiah, he pushes off from that shaky foundation and challenges Jesus. He corrects the Lord, when Jesus announces his upcoming passion and death. Peter oversteps his bounds, reveals his ignorance, and betrays the trust that Jesus had placed in him. Jesus reacts strongly, pushing Peter aside and calling him Satan. This failure of Peter foreshadows an even greater failure, when, during the passion, Peter three times denies Christ. There is no doubt that Peter was a good person, that Peter had great intentions and a big heart. But there is also no doubt that Peter made big mistakes. Peter is like us, and his experience in today’s gospel points to two truths which we need to remember when we fail.




Today we hear three words that most people don’t like. I’m sure you all love them. But everybody else hates them. And I’m not really sure about of all you either or me and that is deny, cross, follow. Aren’t they three great words? That we’re called to deny our self. We’re called to pick up our cross. And we’re called to follow Jesus. In a society that likes to have it your way, go for the gusto, look for self-fulfillment, run from the cross, and follow nobody else but themselves and their wills. And now Christ is telling us something different. And so He is saying to each of us if you want to follow me, if you want to come after my steps, if you want to be my disciple this is what you must do. Now first of all, I caution you, that you don’t make this a religious practice. You know a selfdiscipline in your life. Okay, I will deny myself. I will pick up my cross and I will follow after Jesus and it becomes a self-centered thing. Because again as we talked about a million times Christianity is never ever, ever, the focus on self but the forgetfulness of self. So we don’t come to Jesus and just focus on ourselves. It’s always about if I’m going to be like Jesus that means I must give away my life and love. That’s what He did and that’s you and I must do.

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ



What good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has “no power to save.” The writer of the Epistle is very clear. Faith may be the central response in our relationship to God; but faith, like love, must find expression in our actions if it is to be real.

If I see someone starving and, making a quick getaway, bless that person with “Good-bye and good luck,” I have a faith problem. To say, “I hope you keep warm and well fed,” but to do nothing to help others in their bodily needs, is to have a thoroughly lifeless faith.

There are parts of scripture I may want to reject. “You cannot mean this. You will never demand this.” Yet faith does have its demands. It makes claims on us. Its implications are daunting.

Fr. Eugene Lobo, S.J.



All human relationships are based on communication, understanding, and acceptance. The Bible tells us that God created man and called him from non-life to life, from nothingness to existence, in order to build a deep relationship expressed in honoring, loving, and serving him.  Generally, we find three types of persons in life: persons who listen attentively to God, persons who suffer for God, and persons who deeply experience the presence of God and live in it. A well-designed life has both joy and sorrow, thought and action. A life of Joy and no sorrow can become like terrain with all sunshine and no rain, a barren desert. Both sufferings and joy, and both faith and good works are necessary for the life of a good Christian.  We realize that every human person is the being whom God has enabled to “listen”, like the disciples. He is a disciple of God, which entails not only theoretical listening but also the kind of listening that leads to action, to the implementation of what he has heard, of the original voice that precedes him and that regulates his life. In other words, man is an obedient disciple of God. Suffering is the anvil on which man is forged; it is the mold in which his personality is shaped; it is the real and mysterious code of the human condition.

24th Sunday of Year B



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Rev. Andrew Fisher (Pastor, St. Ambrose Parish – Annandale, Virginia) preaching homily for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time three years ago on September 9, 2018 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington DC.

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24th Sunday of Year B

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Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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Most of us follow Jesus without even knowing who he is. Jesus therefore reveals himself to us today. There is a movement from a more general question ‘Who do people say I am?’ to something more particular: ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ To this question the disciples through the intervention of Peter recognised Jesus as THE CHRIST! Unfortunately they had a dream of a Messiah who would restore the kingdom of David by military might, casting out the Roman oppressors. Jesus however brings them to understand the Messiah as a suffering Son of Man who would be rejected and killed and then rise. Following of Jesus Christ is serious business. We may have proclaimed a message of faith like Peter who recognises that Jesus is the Christ. When Jesus says he is going to suffer and be killed and then rise from the dead, Peter says NOW WAY! Following Christ then is not just a matter of knowing the beliefs of the faith. Christ is calling us to more than this. He is calling us to be completely sold on His Kingdom. He is calling us to put Him before everything else in the world. That means being mocked because we take our faith seriously. That means being hurt because we refuse to join a crowd that is more pagan than Christian. That means being spat on, and hit in the face, and even dying for the sake of Jesus Christ. There are people in your neighborhood, at your work, in your schools, who mock you for your beliefs. There are people who boast that they are good, but who are furious with you when you say that you are not going to get drunk, take drugs or do that which belongs only within the commitment of marriage. Following Jesus is always going to have a cost to it. That is because good is always going to be opposed by evil. To make matters worse, evil may appear to be the norm, the manner of living of a majority. It is just the minority who do that which is wrong but who try to convince others that their actions are what everybody is doing. Still, the vocal minority can wear on us. That coupled with our constant need to control ourselves, can lead us away from truth in the black hole of sin. It takes courage to be a Christian, a real Christian. It takes courage to be a Catholic, a true Catholic, one who is not going to compromise on the Truth that is Jesus Christ. It takes courage to sell out for the Lord. It takes courage to live the Lord’s words in today’s gospel” “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” If we are not ready to embrace suffering, which Christ are we following? But He did promise us this: if we follow Him, He would be with us, supporting us, caring for us, and winning the final battle over evil for us.

Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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John Michael Talbot
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24th Sunday of Year B

Bishop Robert Barron

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by Bishop Robert Barron . September 12, 2021

Friends, with our readings from this weekend, we are on very holy ground because we’re dealing with the imagery, symbolism, and theology of the suffering servant. Yes, he is the one who will bring God’s salvation to all the world, but he will do it by bearing the…


by Bishop Robert Barron . September 16, 2018 .

Today’s second reading from the letter of James discusses the relationship between faith and love. We need a strong faith, but faith without love is lifeless so we must respond to grace and faith with acts of love.


by Bishop Robert Barron . September 13, 2009

Peter’s magnificent confession of faith in the Lord Jesus illuminates, not only his divine identity, but it provides for us a great spiritual lesson in regards to how necessary it is to curtail the self striving of the ego in its need comfort and glory. In this regard, Christ invites, not only Peter, but all of us, into a new way of being in which negation of the ego and the practice of self denial enable us to grow in our capacity for love.


by Bishop Robert Barron . September 17, 2006

Another homily from Fr. Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the 23rd Sunday of Year B. He talks about the integral salvation that Jesus brings and how discrimination has no place in the Christian community. For more pro-life tips, resources and updates, visit



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“You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” This Gospel rebuke of Jesus to Peter applies to us all. In particular, we tend to think that to be successful in our efforts to win people over to the Gospel and the pro-life message, we have to be popular. This is a human way of thinking, that does not give enough room to the role that the cross, and persecution, play in the plan God has for us. The fact is that people are converted by the truth of the message and by the integrity and faithfulness with which we convey that message even in the face of opposition. People are not ultimately inspired or converted by crowd-pleasers, but by God-pleasers.

Jesus, of course, gives the primary example of this. The fact that the Gospel passage indicates that some people thought he was John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the other prophets gives us a good insight into what he was like. John the Baptist, Elijah, and the prophets were tough preachers, proclaiming hard truths and inviting all kinds of opposition and persecution. A homily on this Gospel might well go back to some of the preaching of these men to illustrate this point.

Success does not require popularity; rather, it requires fidelity. This is a particularly valuable lesson in relation to our efforts to proclaim the sanctity of human life in the face of abortion. People who attack the messenger are, nevertheless, impacted by the message. That’s the very reason they are attacking.

The second reading illustrates the goal of our efforts, namely, not to simply bring people to “believe” in the sanctity of life, but to have them practice it. We are called to respond concretely to the needs of the people we proclaim are sacred. The hungry must be fed, not just spoken about with sympathy. The unborn must be saved from the violence of abortion, not just mentioned in our prayers. Whether it’s a candidate for public office or a Christian in the pews, just “believing” in the right to life is not enough. The pertinent question is, “What will you do to protect those who have that right?”


General Intercessions

Celebrant: We worship a God who hears our prayers. Let us then present to the Father all our needs with the greatest confidence.


That the Church will always reflect the generous love, mercy and compassion of Christ, we pray to the Lord.

For all grandparents, that they may experience the joy of family, the blessing of health, and the gift of gratitude, we pray to the Lord.

That as our nation recalls the attacks of September 11, we may renew our gratitude for the liberty we enjoy in America, under God, we pray to the Lord.

hat those who serve in ordained ministries in the Church may be living examples of Christ and inspire the faithful to transform the world, we pray to the Lord.

For the strength to deny ourselves and put others first, to welcome strangers, to visit prisoners, and to protect unborn children, we pray to the Lord.

That all who are sick and in distress may be comforted by those who care for them and encouraged by our prayers, we pray to the Lord.

That all who have died may rest in God’s peace, and those who grieve for them may have consolation, we pray to the Lord.


Loving God, in your great mercy and goodness you provide for our spiritual and material needs.  Grant the prayers we have offered you today, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SOURCE: Priests for Life

Life Issues Homilies website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

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But He invites us to take up our own crosses – everything that goes with our following of Jesus which in itself is not easy as it requires a lot not only of discipline but also and specially of faith on our part.

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Antonio P. Pueyo

A cross-less Christianity is a feel-good Christianity. It is a Christianity of convenience. It is a domesticated Christianity devoid of the radical consequences of discipleship

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Antonio P. Pueyo

We learn to trust a person who demonstrates trustworthiness. Friendships, professional relationships, and intimate affective bonds grow and develop according to the level of our trust and knowledge of the other.

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Tom Bartolomeo

We are challenged daily to think like God, live in the presence of God especially in difficult and distracting circumstances and consider the finality of our lives. website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

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24th Sunday of Year B

Laudato Si’ – POPE FRANCIS
Disinterested concern for others, and the rejection of every form of self-centeredness and selfabsorption, are essential if we truly wish to care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment. These attitudes also attune us to the moral imperative of assessing the impact of
our every action and personal decision on the world around us. (208)

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