22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 24 Aug 2020
A man carrying a wooden cross.

Take up your cross...

God of might, giver of every good gift,

put into our hearts the love of your name,

so that, by deepening our sense of reverence,

you may nurture in us what is good

and, by your watchful care,

keep safe what you have nurtured.

After Peter’s resounding proclamation of Jesus as the Christ last week, the readings this Sunday strike a more sombre note as we consider the suffering and sacrifice Jesus will face. This will also be the path his followers will choose.

Jeremiah cannot resist God’s call: he is overwhelmed by it, but his faithfulness brings insult and derision. (First Reading)

The Psalm echoes Jeremiah in speaking of our passionate desire and thirst for God. It is in clinging to God that we can face the crosses that will come our way.

In this passage from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages the people to offer themselves as a living sacrifice, ‘truly pleasing to God.’ (Second Reading)

In the Gospel we have the first foreshadowing of Jesus’s passion and death. Peter cannot countenance this, but Jesus points out that, for his disciples, the way of the cross is inevitable.

As we go on our way this week, let us try to be of one mind with Christ and to accept each day as it comes, remembering the psalmist’s words,

‘For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise.’

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.    Responorial Psalm

Think of God’s mercy and worship him.    Second Reading

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let them renounce themselves and take up their cross and follow me.    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Jeremiah 20: 7–9; Psalm 62 (63); Romans 12: 1–2; Matthew 16: 21–27