Sunday 3 September 2017

About Today Readings

Psalter Week II. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Jeremiah 20:7-9. Psalm 62(63):2-6, 8-9. Romans 12:1-2. Matthew 16:21-27.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God — Psalm 62(63):2-6, 8-9.

‘In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.’

We can identify with David when he calls on God’s help as a thirsty man in a dry and weary desert, and with Jeremiah as he speaks God’s word as a reluctant prophet to a people who do not want to hear. We also can feel with Peter who does not want Jesus to face suffering and death in Jerusalem.

He is reminded by Jesus that it is his destiny, and that each one of his followers must also face his or her trials by taking up the cross, dying to self to save it.

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