JesusChrist images. Different images of Jesus Christ were conceived in every age for different cultures. Christian missionaries tried to bring Jesus Christ more conceivable to the pagans they tried to convert.

“[Jesus] asked His disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am? … Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:27-31).

12 September 2021. 24th Sunday in OT. Cycle B-2021. Isaiah 50:5-9a + James 2:14-18 + Mark 8:27-35

He was God who came down to earth manlike,
To bring man up to heaven godlike.
(cf. John 1:1, 14a; “On the Incarnation”, by Saint Athanasius).

He taught as one having authority,
The One sent by God alone could do.
(cf. Mark 1:22; Matthew 7:29; John 6:45; 13:13).

He wrought awesome miracles and wonders,
Only the Almighty God could do.
(Mark 2:12; Luke 7:16; 19:37-38; Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:4).

He read unexpressed thoughts and fears and doubts,
The All-knowing God alone could do.
(Matthew 9:4; 12:24-25; Mark 2:8; Luke 22:48; John 4:16-19, 28-29).

He foretold the future accurately,
Only the All-Seeing God could do.
(John 13:19; 18:4; Isaiah 46:9-10).

To heal the sick, He forgave their sins,
The Merciful God alone could do.
(Psalm 65:4; Daniel 9:9; Mark 2:5-7, 9-12).

He referred to Himself the Name, I AM,
I AM WHO I AM alone was called.
(Exodus 3:13-14; John 8:24, 28, 58).

He claimed to be the Only Son of God,
His audience understood to be God.
(Matthew 26:63-66; John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 22:67-71).

Indeed, He who was sinless, told no lies.
He said so; His apostles confirmed.
(John 8:46; 1Peter 2:22; 1John 3:5; Hebrews 4:15).

He stopped nobody from worshipping Him,
Worship accorded to God alone.
(Exodus 34:14; Isaiah 45:21b, 23b; Philippians 2:9-11; Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41).

My faith in JesusChrist®, God, is my gift,
From the Father and the HolySpirit.
(cf. John 6:44-45; 16:13; 1Corinthians 12:3).

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary;
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
(Saint Thomas Aquinas; Quoted in the Prologue to the 1943 film, “The Song of Bernadette”). VSS

Picture credit: Top four from the left: Pantocrator and other images, from “The Michigan Catholic, Jubilee 2000 Commemorative Issue.” Bottom from the left: Christ the King, from Fine Art America; Jesus, the Divine Mercy image commissioned by the visionary Saint Faustina Kowalska, as instructed by Jesus in one of the visions; Salvator Mundi, painted by Leonardo da Vinci; and Sacred Heart, from Catholic Pictures.