Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, First Reading: Extracted from the prophet Jeremiah 20:7-9
You have seduced me, Lord, and I have let myself be seduced;
you have overpowered me: you were the stronger.
I am a daily laughing-stock, everybody’s butt.
Each time I speak the word, I have to howl and proclaim: ‘Violence and ruin!’
The word of the Lord has meant for me insult, derision, all day long.
I used to say, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more.’
Then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones.
The effort to restrain it wearied me, I could not bear it.
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-6,8-9
Response: For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.
O God, you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, my mouth shall praise you with joy.
For you have been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast.
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Second Reading: Extracted from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 12:1-2
Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God.
Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.
cf. Ephesians 1:17,18
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gospel Reading: Extracted from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 16:21-27
Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day.
Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord;’ he said ‘this must not happen to you.’
But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’
Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?
‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour.’
It was the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time on 31 August 2014.
The Readings that were read in the Eucharistic Celebrations all over the world on that day are shown above:
First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9,
Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9,
Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2 &
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-27.
We have extracted the Homilies of Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I based on the aforesaid Readings to share with you, so that you could similarly be encouraged:
It is a known fact that many good Christians suffered greatly in upholding justice and human rights etc... However, there are those who were found guilty of Criminal or Civil Wrong also like to use this phrase.
Hello, Saint John Paul II is not referring to you if you are in the aforesaid category!
Isn’t it obvious that “committing Criminal or Civil Wrong” has nothing to do with what Saint Paul’s reference “offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God.”?
It is prudent not to judge unless proven guilty but let’s not hail the wrong saint!
How about “Nuisance, Harassment, Fraud or Misuse of Public Funds”?
Well, you can decide after checking with the Statutes.
JOHN PAUL II
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus' teaching is echoed by St Paul who, in writing to the Christians of Rome, urges them not to be conformed to the mentality of the world but to offer their life as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (cf. Romans 12: 1-2). Following Christ involves a journey that is often marked by misunderstanding and suffering. Let no one delude himself: today, as in the past, being Christian means swimming against the tide of this world's mentality and not seeking one's own interest and human approval, but only God's will and the true good of one's neighbour.
2. We see this radical fidelity to Christ shining in the martyrdom of St John the Baptist, whose feast occurs today. The forerunner of Christ chose the path of consistency, bearing total witness to the Lamb of God whose way he had prepared. And he paid with death for his uncompromising love of the truth.
3. May Mary, Queen of confessors of the faith and of martyrs, help us to be strong as we face the tribulations of life and to endure them in union with Christ for the world's salvation.
I am pleased to greet the new students of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. May your study of theology in the Eternal City deepen your love for Christ and inspire you to be joyful and effective servants of the Gospel. Upon the pilgrims from Ireland and all the English-speaking visitors present at this Angelus prayer I cordially invoke the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With this hymn of praise, presented again in today's liturgy, St Paul ends the first part of his Letter to the Romans. Before the wonder of divine providence manifested in creation and in history, the human creature feels very small. At the same time, the human creature recognizes that he is the one who receives the message of love inviting him to responsibility. Human beings are appointed by God as stewards of the earth to cultivate and protect it. From this fact there comes what we might call their "ecological vocation", which in our time has become more urgent than ever.
- Saint Pope John Paul II
JOHN PAUL II
1. "O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen" (Romans 11,33.36).
The Holy Father greeted the faithful in various languages. To the French- and English-speaking pilgrims he said:
3. I am pleased to greet you French-speaking pilgrims. Like Peter, may you always be able to recognize Christ! I wish you a blessed pilgrimage. God bless you!
I cordially greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at this Angelus prayer. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your families with joy and peace.
In order to prepare for the 50th anniversary of that extraordinary event, from the coming 29 August until 1 September 2003, the Archdiocese of Syracuse will celebrate a special Marian Year. We willingly join the beloved community of Syracuse in prayer, convinced that the tears of the heavenly Mother are an eloquent sign of Divine Mercy, to which I again wish to entrust the Church and the whole world.
21 September 2014