August 27, 2020: Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time… August 30, 2020

By Cathy (Notre Dame Associate) & Gary Leak

Readings JER 20:7-9; PS 63:2-6, 8-9; ROM 12:1-2; MT 16: 21-27

God should burn in our hearts so much that we need to share His love with others. Being a believer can bring pain and ostracism but the Spirit will move us to proclaim the truth.

Our souls’ thirst for God like a parched earth needs water. We need to be grateful for all God has done for us, and find comfort that He is with us always.

In Romans, the message is to not conform to society’s way, but to discern what is good and right in God’s eyes. It is so easy to get stuck in what society says.  In the Gospel, Peter doesn’t want to witness Christ suffering and death. He tries to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem. Jesus rebukes Peter saying you are thinking like a frail human being, and not like God.  True discipleship is to follow God’s ways.  The Son of Man will render judgement and justice to all according to his or her behavior and heart, when He comes in glory with angels.

How are we thirsting for God?

How are we doing His will and following His ways?