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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday

Dear OLPH Family and Friends,

              Speaking for God has never been a very popular activity.  Prophets often speak of the burden they feel and the abuse they receive, as did Jeremiah in our first reading.  “The word of the Lord has brought me derision and reproach all the day.”  Yet, the prophet feels compelled. 

              The reason for this ill treatment of prophets is indicated in today’s Gospel.  Jesus reproaches Peter when he objects to the passion that Jesus has just foretold.  “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  It is that gap between God’s ways and human ways, God’s thoughts and human thoughts that brings about rejection of the prophet and his message.

The message of today’s readings comes down to these three points.   First, the cross will always be a part of life.   Try as we may to avoid it, the shadow of the cross will touch all of us at some time in our life. Second, when it comes to the cross, each of us has a choice.  Either we can turn away from it and refuse to carry it, or we can pick it up and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.    Finally, Jesus promises us that if we pick up our cross and follow Him, He will lead us to life – not only to everlasting life in the next world but also to fullness of life in this world. 

This is the promise of Jesus Himself.   This is the word of the Lord.   This is the good news that we come together to celebrate.

On this Labor Day weekend we are reminded to thank God for the privilege of working.   We pray too in a special way for those seeking adequate employment.   St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!   

Peace and Blessings!  Fr. Ron