Season of the Mark of Discipleship

Outline of Living Seasons of Change The Mark of Discipleship. 


Those who follow Jesus are marked by Baptism.
Christians, as “Marked Man” are targets for those who do not accept the truth.
True disciples are ‘tested’ by the unbelievers—the rejecters of the kingdom.
When you walk in the Way of the Lord:  Serving, healing, with humility and justice, you might face hardship and trial but you will always receive the final recompense—eternal life within the Kingdom of God.
Those who torment you have already been judged and condemned.
The Lord God grants Mercy to all who seek him with all their hearts.  Those who seek only material gain and ‘status’ are turned away.
Come to the Lord with the simplicity of a child.
Duplicity leads to destruction.

References used in Season of the Mark of Discipleship

Scriptures and the liturgical readings are available at  Readings & Catechism of Catholic Church link

Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.   

Mark 7: 20 “But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles.  21 From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.  23 All these evils come from within and they defile.” Deuteronomy 4:1, 2  “Hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe that you might live.”  “You shall not add to what I command or subtract from it.”  NABMark 7: 8 You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

James 2: “17 So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

James 1: “27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  NAB

Mark 7: 6 “He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:  ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” 

St. Monica lived 332-387 and successfully prayed for the conversions of her husband, her mother-in-law and her son, Augustine who was baptized at age 33

James 5: ” 2 Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, 3 your gold and silver have corroded,”

Mark 8: 35 “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.”

James 3:16-4.3 “where jealousy and selfish ambition exist there is disorder” 

Mark 10:“13 And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  14 When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  15 Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” NAB

Mark 9: “36 Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:31 second passion prediction, “31 He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” NAB

Numbers 11: “27 so, when a young man quickly told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,” 28 Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said, “Moses, my lord, stop them.”

Mark 9: 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”  39 Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who
performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us.” NAB

Mark 9:40 “For whoever is not against us is for us.” Accept those working in the Name, true tolerance is recognizing goodness. 

Readings:
 
22nd Sunday in Ordinary
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 “hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you might live” “you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it”

James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27  “every perfect gift is from above” He gave “us birth by the word of truth” “be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves” “care for orphans and widows”

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 “This people honors me with their lips but their hearts are far from me” “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition” Hypocrites. “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder…All these evils come from within and they defile”

23rd Sunday in Ordinary
Isaiah 35:4-7a “Be strong, fear not!” Promise of salvation. Healing for blind, deaf, lame; springs of water in desert
James 2:1-5  God’s love: no partiality for rich/poor faithful; promises riches in faith and “heirs of the kingdom”. When you treat the poor differently you “become judges with evil designs”

Mark 7:31-37 They begged Jesus to lay hands. Jesus heals the deaf and mute-see 1st reading Isaiah 35:5-6. “He ordered them not to tell anyone” but they proclaimed it in their astonishment. They asked Jesus to heal but were astonished when He did so.

24th Sunday in Ordinary
Isaiah 50:4c Suffering Servant “I gave my back to those who beat me…my face I did not shield” “”knowing that I shall not be put to shame”  “God is my help; who will prove me wrong?”  
James 2:14-18 “What good is it … if someone says he has faith but does not have works?”, “give them the necessities of the body”, faith without “works is dead”

Mark 8:27-35 “Who do you say that I am?” “you are the Christ” “8:31 first reveal: “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders…and be killed, and rise after three days.  He spoke this openly.” After Peter rebuked Jesus he said, “Get behind me, Satan.  you are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  “whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it”(martyrs=sainthood). 

25th Sunday in Ordinary
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 “The wicked say: let us…put the just one to the test” to have proof that God will take care of him
James 3:16-4.3 “where jealousy and selfish ambition exist there is disorder”  Wisdom is “full of mercy and good fruits.” “You kill and envy but you cannot obtain”  “You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

Mark 9:30-37 2nd passion/death/resurrection prediction; apostles arguing who is greatest; “to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”; “whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me and…the One who sent me.”

26th Sunday in Ordinary
Numbers 11:25-29 “The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses, taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the Lord bestowed it on the seventy elders” plus two on list that were absent.  Jealousy of the two. “Would that the Lord might bestow his spirit on them all!”
James 5:1-6 rich: weep over “impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted” By cheating you lived in luxury; “you murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance”

Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Great responsibility not to sin; accept those working in the Name, true tolerance is recognizing goodness.  “if anyone gives you a cup of water…because you belong to Christ…will not lose his reward” “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off”