Domingo, 31 de agosto de 2014

Catholic Calendar  and Daily Meditation.  Sunday, August 31, 2014

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

As we approach the end of summer and a new season, we hear the words of St. Paul in this Sunday's readings, "Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect."

For one thing, we all need a shift in our thinking as to what that will of God is for us Christians. In today's Gospel, Jesus very clearly spells it out for Peter, and for all of us. "Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me."

We don't need to go looking for crosses, for our lives are chock-full of them: being patient with all the challenges of "back to school," sports-demands from our children and grandchildren, illness and accidents sprinkled in, and generously helping to relieve the cries of refugees, war victims, and children pouring in at our borders. Listen to Christ, speaking through our pope and the bishops, to know how to respond.

It is all found in Jesus, in the Gospel, correcting Peter as to what kind of Messiah He really is, and what He demands of His followers. He is a Messiah who suffers. Like Him, we must expect to suffer for witnessing to God's truth and justice. God demands courage from us in witnessing to His commandments, and reaching out to a world seeking happiness in the wrong places. We know that lasting joy comes from surrendering ourselves to God and to His Way, and urging others to do the same. We have to broadcast our faith loud and clear.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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