Sunday 30 August 2020

About Today Readings

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 20:7-9. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God – Psalm 62(63):2-6, 8-9. Romans 12:1-2. Matthew 16:21-27.

Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice

Those who wish to come after me must deny themselves. A line in T. S. Eliot’s The Dry Salvages reads: ‘We had the experience but missed the meaning’. It might be applied to Jesus’ contemporaries, including his apostles, who were slow to understand his teaching and the nature of his saving mission.

Peter could not accept that Jesus would die ‘at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law’.

Jesus chided Peter because he did not have in mind the concerns of God but merely human concerns. The same was true of the proud and ambitious Francis Xavier before he saw and embraced the truth of Ignatius’ oft-repeated reminder: ‘What profits us if we gain the whole world and lose our soul?’

Lord Jesus, may I always follow in your steps.

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