One of the themes that I’ve been reflecting on in recent weeks is that of comfort. Jesus said many times that we would be persecuted, and that our hope should be in the life that is to come. We all have a desire to be comfortable, but as Catholics, that isn’t meant to be.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells Peter quite clearly that He doesn’t need to be defended. Truth requires no defense. It’s not my job or responsible to convince people of the truth of Truth, but rather to live my life in accord with it. By my example, others might choose to believe.
First Reading: Isaiah 50:5-9
Second Reading: James 2:14-18
Gospel: Mark 8:27-35