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Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
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August 31, 2014
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." - Matthew 16:24
Every Easter, when I was a child, I would watch King of Kings, a movie about the life of Jesus. Every time I watched it, I would start crying as the story moved closer to Jesus’ passion and death. I couldn’t understand why this had to happen. Couldn’t he just live forever? I didn’t understand that the cross has to be part of the story.
Peter seems to be thinking the same thing in this week’s gospel passage. Last week we heard Peter making his bold statement of faith. He tells Jesus - You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.
This week, he shows another side. When Jesus says that he must go to Jerusalem, suffer, die and be raised, Peter won’t hear of it. He is horrified that something like this should happen to Jesus. It is as if his faith has gone out the window.
Peter doesn’t understand that the cross has to be part of the story.
I think that the path of faith is like this for us too. Some days we are bold and sure. Other days we are doubting and afraid.
One day we say – Jesus, you are the Lord of our life! The next day we turn around and say – I will manage things from now on!
But deep in our hearts, we really know - if we wish to follow Jesus, we too must carry our cross.
Oh Lord, it is so hard to deny myself. I know that I cannot do it without you. Sometimes my cross is light. Other times I cannot possibly carry it. Please, Jesus, help me carry my cross. Help me make this journey to you, for you, and with you. Amen.
Monday, Sept. 1
1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Luke 4:16-30
Jesus' neighbors had a hard time believing that he had such power. What gets in my way of fully believing in Jesus?
Lord, I do believe in you, but there are times when my faith is weakened. Help me to overcome these times and grant me the strength to never doubt your greatness.
Tuesday, Sept. 2
1 Corinthians 2:10b-16; Luke 4:31-37
Jesus drove the evil spirits from the man in the synagogue. From what evil spirits do I need to be delivered?
Lord, there are many evil spirits attacking me constantly. Help me to know which ones I am in most need of your help with. Grant me the strength to resist any evil spirits which attack me.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
St. Gregory the Great
1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Luke 4:38-44
By proclaiming God’s kingdom, Jesus brought great hope to the poor and sick. How can I bring hope to my neighbors by proclaiming the kingdom of God?
Lord, you sent me to spread your word. I try, but sometimes I fail. Grant me the courage to step forward to proclaim your kingdom regardless of the consequences.
Thursday, Sept. 4
1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Luke 5:1-11
Simon left everything behind to follow Jesus. What do I need to leave behind to better follow Jesus?
Lord, I have so much and I am so attached to it. Help me to see what holds me back in following you and grant me the courage to leave it behind to follow you. Nothing is so valuable that it should separate us.
Friday, Sept. 5
1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Luke 5:33-39
Paul tells us not to judge others. Am I a judgmental person?
Lord, I am fast to criticize others and judge them harshly. Help me to be less judgmental and more loving of others. Never let me forget that as I judge others I also will be judged. Lord have mercy.
Saturday, Sept. 6
1 Corinthians 4:6b-15; Luke 6:1-5
Jesus said to the Pharisees, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." What can I do to make my Sabbath more focused or centered on God?
Lord, I go to church every Sabbath and then go on the remainder of the day as if it were just a regular day. Help me to better observe your special day. Help me to rest and spend more time with you every Sabbath. Help me to stop dishonoring the Sabbath.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
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