August 29, 2020
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
On this, the Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Jesus begins to share with his Apostles that he will suffer greatly and die. Jesus knows that the cross is the only way he can ransom us from slavery to sin, but Peter does not understand. When Jesus says to Peter, get behind me Satan, he is saying that Peter’s role is not to be an adversary to him, but instead a disciple – one who follows his Master with trust and obedience.
Jesus says to his Apostles that they, too, must be willing to lay down their lives in order to gain a new everlasting life with the Father in his kingdom. Indeed, Jesus’s request is a paradox. We lose what we gain, and we gain what we lose. When we try to run our life our own way, we end up losing it to futility. Only God can free us from our ignorant and sinful ways. When we surrender our lives to God, he gives us new life in his Spirit and the pledge of eternal life.
God gives without measure. The joy he offers, no sadness or loss can diminish. The cross of Jesus Christ leads to victory and freedom from sin and death, What is the cross that Jesus commands each one of us to take up each day? Are we ready to lose all for Jesus Christ in order to gain all with Jesus Christ?
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and all my will, all that I have and possess. You have given them to me; to you, O Lord, I restore them; all things are yours, dispose of them according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is enough for me. (Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556)
copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818