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Jesus challenges people to follow him

Jesus challenges people to follow him
Bible Accent: The New Testament
Saint for Today: St. Notburga

Jesus challenges people to follow him

Jesus was walking along with his disciples on the way to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. They talked occasionally, and sometimes Jesus would ask his friends questions. One of the questions was, “Who do people say that I am?”
 
And they answered, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.”
 
Then Jesus looked into the faces of his disciples and asked an even more direct question. “But who do you say that I am?”
 
Peter immediately declared, “You are the Messiah.”
 
Jesus warned his disciples not to repeat that to anyone else, then he and his disciples continued on until they reached the villages. Whenever Jesus entered a town or village, a crowd formed around him. People would come from far away just to hear him preach or to be healed by him. And the region of Caesarea Philippi was no different. Jesus told the people that the Son of Man would suffer. He would be scorned by the elders, the chief priests and the scribes. And then he would be killed. But that would not be the end of him. Three days after his death he would rise again.
 
Peter did not think that it would be wise for Jesus to speak in public about such things, so Peter whispered his feelings to him. But this made Jesus very angry, and he said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
 
Jesus once again spoke to the people. He gave them a challenge. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” This was a strange concept to the people. What did Jesus mean by saving a life to lose it or losing a life to save it? Jesus tried to explain in words the people would more easily understand. “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
 
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Mark 8
 
Q&A
1. Who did Peter say Jesus was?
2. What would a follower of Jesus have to do?

Bible Accent: The New Testament

The New Testament that we use today was assembled and revised over many hundreds of years. This process involved the study and research of many scholars who read thousands of manuscripts. The first collection of manuscripts was approved approximately 500 years after the life of Christ. Almost 1,000 years passed before a printed — as opposed to hand copied — version of the New Testament was published. Over the next 200 years, scholars began to compare various translations and editions and tried to verify the accuracy of the texts. Probably the most famous edition that came as a result of the further study was the King James Version, which was published in England in 1611. Many Catholics today use the New American Bible.

Saint for Today: St. Notburga

Notburga (d. 1313), a young peasant girl, served as a kitchen maid for Count Henry of Rattenberg in Austria. After meals, Notburga would give any uneaten food from the castle to the poor and hungry people who waited outside for any scraps anyone would offer to them. Sometimes she would even eat less herself and give her portion to the hungry people. Ottila, the count’s wife, did not approve of Notburga’s generosity and forbid her to give any more food away. Instead, the countess ordered all uneaten food to be given to the pigs. At first Notburga obeyed, but gradually began to feed the poor people again. The countess found out, and Notburga was fired. After the death of the countess, the count married a more generous wife. Notburga was hired back as kitchen maid, and the poor people were once again fed with the leftover food. We honor Notburga on Sept. 14.

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