February 21, 2014 James 2:14-24, 26; Mark 8:34 – 9:1
In today’s readings … James and Mark complement each other on the theme of discipleship. In the letter from James … we have an explanation of faith and works. To be a disciple … James tells us is to believe and do!
In the Gospel of Mark … Jesus lets the crowd and His disciples know what following Him entails … follow His way and live differently!
We reach heaven by following in Jesus’ footsteps. Discipleship calls us to follow … to be willing to stay true to what Jesus teaches.
Those who could not follow Jesus and chose to hang on to what they had … in the end went away sad … they lost their wholeness.
Staying faithful to the ways of God … being a true disciple … is challenging and involves some risk.
We reach God when we reach out to those around us. As we heard in the Gospel … we must be willing to deny self and accept the hardship of the cross. As Jesus showed us … the way to resurrection is through the cross.
Let us not be confused.
May we have the grace to be followers of Jesus … to live faithfully as His people.
Let us joyfully acknowledge that we belong to God … and are willing to walk in God’s ways.