Gospel for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 16:21-27
“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.’ He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.’
Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.’”
How does this reading make you feel?
Why might Jesus have put out this warning to his disciples?
What does this message say to you in your life?
Heritage word—“The longer we live, the more intimate we must become with the Cross.”
(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)