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Prayer for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Sunday’s Gospel: Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection (Matthew 16: 21-27)
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.
Sunday’s Psalm:  
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. (Psalm 63)

Sunday’s Gospel: Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection (Matthew 16: 21-27)

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.

Sunday’s Psalm:  

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. (Psalm 63)

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A prayer for generosity

A prayer for generosity

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Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
How easy spiritual life would be if we could just make the right choices for everyone, wouldn’t it? Jesus’ admonition at the end of this week’s Gospel is not a call to secrecy. His desire for the disciples to keep their knowledge to themselves is His wisdom in knowing that titles and arguments are unlikely to change opinions. Jesus’ identity and power is a threat to the Roman authorities and the high priests of His own time. Still today, the freedom offered by Christ is a threat to our governments, our economic systems and our neighbours. Telling people who Jesus is and how they should live is as ineffective today as it was then. In order to encounter the new life God has for us, we all have to meet Him for ourselves. Thus, in sharing Him with others, we are invited to follow Him, to become the people He created us to be, and to speak about how we have been transformed, instead of how others ought to be.
- from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

How easy spiritual life would be if we could just make the right choices for everyone, wouldn’t it? Jesus’ admonition at the end of this week’s Gospel is not a call to secrecy. His desire for the disciples to keep their knowledge to themselves is His wisdom in knowing that titles and arguments are unlikely to change opinions. Jesus’ identity and power is a threat to the Roman authorities and the high priests of His own time. Still today, the freedom offered by Christ is a threat to our governments, our economic systems and our neighbours. Telling people who Jesus is and how they should live is as ineffective today as it was then. In order to encounter the new life God has for us, we all have to meet Him for ourselves. Thus, in sharing Him with others, we are invited to follow Him, to become the people He created us to be, and to speak about how we have been transformed, instead of how others ought to be.

- from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Prayer for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Quote from St John Vianney

Quote from St John Vianney

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Prayer for the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

Prayer for the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

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Quote from Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Quote from Venerable Fulton Sheen.

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Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
These readings show beautifully the way in which God’s universal plan for salvation has evolved in human understanding. The first reading is from Isaiah, an admonishment to the Israelites that being the Chosen People is not enough. God’s people are the people who follow His commands. This was not a common or popular way of thinking. The second reading illustrates that the early Christians struggled with the same concern, particularly with including Gentiles in Jewish ritual. The Gospel shows Jesus’ interaction with a Canaanite woman. Jesus is both the promised Messiah for the Israelites AND the Saviour of the World. Jesus is offering us eternal life in and through our Church, but He didn’t come only for us. The beggar we ignore on the street, the irritating co-worker, the enraging politician, the pedophile prisoner, our worst enemy: all of these were created for life. If your salvation plan depends on the exclusion of someone else, you’re not as close to Jesus as you need to be.
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

These readings show beautifully the way in which God’s universal plan for salvation has evolved in human understanding. The first reading is from Isaiah, an admonishment to the Israelites that being the Chosen People is not enough. God’s people are the people who follow His commands. This was not a common or popular way of thinking. The second reading illustrates that the early Christians struggled with the same concern, particularly with including Gentiles in Jewish ritual. The Gospel shows Jesus’ interaction with a Canaanite woman. Jesus is both the promised Messiah for the Israelites AND the Saviour of the World. Jesus is offering us eternal life in and through our Church, but He didn’t come only for us. The beggar we ignore on the street, the irritating co-worker, the enraging politician, the pedophile prisoner, our worst enemy: all of these were created for life. If your salvation plan depends on the exclusion of someone else, you’re not as close to Jesus as you need to be.

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer graphic for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer graphic for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time