Who is this Jesus? How to you describe or define him? Peter thinks he is on the right track when he describes Jesus as the Messiah. But he quickly discovers that his definition of what the Messiah is to do and be doesn't match with what Jesus has in mind.
Gospel reading: Mark 8:27-38
Mark's gospel portrays Jesus as challenging traditional ways in which religious people determine what is pure or impure. For Jesus, faithfully following religious practices cannot become a substitute for godly words or deeds that spring from a faithful heart.
Gospel reading: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-2
The crowd that has been following Jesus has become more and more offended and agitated as Jesus has talked about his role as the bread of life. With today's text, most of the crowd turns and walks away. Jesus asks the 12 disciples if they too want to leave Jesus. Peter replies, "Of course not, where else can we go? You have the words of eternal life". When we have questions, and our doubts arise, Peter's words can reaffirm our wavering faith.
Gospel reading: John 6:56-69
Ever heard the saying, "You are what you eat"? Jesus reminds us that he is the true "bread of life". While the crowds question what this means, we Christians draw near to Jesus as he meets us in the bread and wine of his Holy Supper.
Gospel reading: John 6:51-58
Have you ever noticed that even the biggest meal doesn't keep you full forever? Some snakes and other creatures can eat just once a month--but not us! Having just the a crowd of people, Jesus talks to them about what they're really searching for--something to fill up the emptiness inside their spirit--not just their stomach.
Gospel reading: John 6:24-35