Faith Works!

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow Me

Mk. 8:34
Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 116:1-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Willie Loman is the name of the principal character in Arthur Miller’s famous play, “Death of a Salesman.” Willie Loman’s ambition in life was to be a super-salesman and, at the same time, popular and well-liked. But in pursuing these goals, his rising star began to fade. His sales were dropping off. He was beginning to be regarded as a “has-been.” No longer popular, his old circle of friends got smaller and smaller. Ultimately, he lost the respect of the son who was his pride and joy. Feeling he had nowhere to turn, his life became hopeless and aimless and meaningless. In the depths of despair, Willie committed suicide. In the final scene of the play, the lights focus on Willie’s wife and two sons who are standing at his graveside on an otherwise bare and dark stage. There is an eerie silence. Then, one son says, “Poor guy, he didn’t know who he was.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do…

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