22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A
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.’