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Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

Prayer:

God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.

Readings:

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

This Weeks Readings

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Monday1 Kings 13:1-10
Romans 3:9-20
Isaiah 119:69-176
Tuesday1 Kings 13:11-25
Colossians 3:1-11
Isaiah 119:69-176
WednesdayIsaiah 10:12-20
John 7:25-36
Isaiah 119:69-176
ThursdayJudges 6:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Psalm 54
Friday1 Kings 22:24-40
Romans 11:25-32
Psalm 54
Saturday2 Kings 17:5-18
Matthew 23:29-39
Psalm 54