To Think as God does and not as human beings do

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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24th week in Ordinary Time B

In the second reading, we hear St. James proclaim faith without works is dead.   It was Martin Luther’s least favorite epistle because it challenged his primary premise – faith alone can save you.  Perhaps, James was remembering this scene from the Gospel where the faith of Peter was not enough.

After surveying what others say about him, Jesus directly asks the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter answers immediately, “You are the Christ.”  Then Jesus explains what that entails, how the Son of Man must be rejected, handed over to the elders, priests and the scribes and be killed on a cross.  Newly emboldened by his statement of faith, Peter decides it is one of those over the shoulder moments we have with friends.  You know, when you think your friend has a crazy thought, you take them aside, put…

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