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FAITH BOOK

22nd SUNDAY (A) August 30, 2020

Jeremiah 20: 7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12: 1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27

By Jude Siciliano, OP

 

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s "Romans" reading:

 

"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."

 

Reflection:

 

It is clear we can’t take the cross out of our religion. We can’t take it our of our daily consciousness either. We may not suffer on the same kind of cross Jesus did, or be martyred the way so many who have followed him have been. But still, Jesus tells us we must each take up our cross and follow him – and the cross costs. The cross is not simply something we wear as an accessory around our necks. The cross will cost us if we follow what Paul tells us today.

 

So, we ask ourselves:

 

  • Do I wear a cross around my neck or have one on the wall of a room at home?

  • Why? What does that visible symbol of Christ’s suffering mean to me?

  • How does it affect my daily life – what I do and the decisions I make?


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