Your philosophy

saint-paulOur first reading is a letter from St. Paul to the community of believers in Colassae. It was a community begun by a compatriot of Paul’s, a man named Epaphras who visited Paul in prison to give him a report on the community. He reports to Paul that the community is under a lot of pressure from the secular/philosophical/religious world that surrounds them. And so Paul writes to the community: “See to it that no one captivates you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.” (Col 2:8) Continue reading

The journey to Caesarea Philippi

Peter-do-you-love-meThis coming Sunday, the 24th Sunday, is taken from Mark 8:27-35. The account fits into a series of narratives that are part of the context of Mark’s narrative. One thing is clear: Jesus’ running debate with the Pharisees and the scribes from Jerusalem continues unabated – even continuing from before last Sunday’s gospel. Here is an outline of some recent Markan pericopes (stories).

  • The Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:34-44)
  • Jesus walks on the water (Mark 6:45-52)
  • The Healings at Gennesaret (Mark 6:53-56)
  • Conflict over the Tradition of the Elders (Mark 7:1-23) – 22nd Sunday
  • The Encounter with the Syrophoenician Woman (Mark 7:24-30)
  • Healing of the Deaf Man (Mark 7:31-37) – 23rd Sunday
  • Feeding of the 4,000 (Mark 8:1-10)
  • The Demand for a Sign (Mark 8:11-13)
  • Warning against the leaven of the Pharisees (Mark 8:14-21)
  • The Blind Man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)
  • Peter’s Confession (Mark 8:27-35) – 24th Sunday

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