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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2011

CONFORMED BY DISCOMFORT

Perhaps Paul sums up the lesson for us today:  Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Last week’s Gospel highlighted Peter as The Rock, but this week he is Satan.  Last week’s confession of faith has been tempered by Peter’s human mind – a mind that desire self-protection over was it ultimately good.

For each of us today, it is easy to profess Jesus as the Christ when life is good, but what about when it gets hard?  Too often, our imagination of the Kingdom is limited by what we can control, but Jesus did not come for that.

This week, we must question our frame of reference.  Is it how do I love or how do I avoid pain?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; and Matthew 16:21-27)

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