24th Sunday in Ordinary time, B

A life of sacrifice

Mark 8, 27 - 35

It is hard to live a life of sacrifice because the body is conditioned to live in comfort, not in pain.  But do we actually know that our parents are living a life of sacrifice just to send their children to school and insure their future?

Jesus lived a life of sacrifice just to attain our salvation.  There is no other path to salvation except through sacrifice.

How do we live a life of sacrifice then?

First, "offer our bodies as living sacrifices" according to St. Paul.  Sacrifice is related with offering.

Second, love.  It means to put others before you. Put God before you.

Third, heaven is connected to a life of sacrifice on earth.  Heaven is for those who have sacrificed their lives for God.