A Moment before the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When you first hear them read, Sunday’s readings seem like they’re all over the map. 

The first reading (Isaiah) continues the focus of the last few weeks on God’s relationship with His people, His beloved.  This Sunday, it’s a look from the inside.  Seeing things through the eyes of God’s beloved. 

The epistle is James’ famous one liner – “faith without works is dead.”  And then there’s the Gospel (Mark).  Peter gets it right, then gets it wrong, and Jesus calls him out for getting it wrong. 

So what’s the point?  Once you get past first impressions, all of the readings for Sunday really point to the same thing.  And Jesus Himself tells us what it is in the Gospel.   

Thinking as God does.  Not taking the easy way out, but going exactly where God has sent us.  Doing the hard work that God has called us to do.  And knowing that through it all, God is with us.