Isaiah 50:5-9a James 2:14-18 Mark 8:27-35
In the first reading, Isaiah tells of God’s suffering servant, who will bring salvation. The letter from James reminds believers that faith must manifest itself in good works. In the Gospel, Peter proclaims Jesus to be the Messiah. Jesus instructs those who would be his followers to deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow him.
Jesus suffered and died for the sake of our salvation. Each of us is called to take up our cross and follow him. We can take comfort, however, knowing that Jesus will not ask us to carry a burden we cannot bear, and that he is with us always. He watches over us with an everlasting love.