Isaiah 50: 5-9

This is the third of Isaiah’s ‘Servant Songs’.  Through prayer, the servant of the Lord – a prophetic reference either to Christ or to Israel as a nation – will receive God’s word which will enable him, as in a courtroom to confront his enemies.


James 2: 14-18

James’ message is that love of our neighbour shown in practical action is the natural consequence of a living faith.


Mark 8: 27-35

Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah heralds the first prediction of the suffering and death of Jesus.  But this was not the kind of Messiah Peter had expected and from now on a decisive change occurs in the Gospel.