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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Sunday, August 30, 2020

It is difficult to think always about what is divine. In our daily life we are rather inclined to react in our human way and we want everything coming in accord with our human logic as we want. Revealing to the disciples his unavoidable future death on the cross from the hands of his kinsman, Jesus blames Peter, who dares reprimand and almost prohibits him from making real his salutary mission. As an answer we hear Jesus saying: 'Get behind me Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” We know from our own experiences when something comes our way, such as any incurable sickness or other disasters, it is difficult to accept this as a will of God and then we think rather in human ways; but God through this experience wants our salvation related with the cross-mission of his Son. The words of Jesus confirm it very clear: “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.” It doesn’t exclude of course our “human resistance” which supposed to yield after consideration of “losses and gains”, when we start to be with Jesus, as was the case of Peter or even Isaiah the prophet the first reading speaks about. As he was prophesied in the name of Yahweh all the disaster of Israel as a consequence of its lack of faith and becoming faithless to the divine covenant, he just wanted to withdraw from his prophetic mission; however some inner voice didn’t allow him to do it. As Isaiah has noticed: “But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.” The salvation and the best security of man is always and only in God in exchange of our good life, united with the salutary cross of Jesus Christ. This is the lesson that comes from these Sunday readings. St. Paul confirms it when he urges us “to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, our spiritual worship;” not taking the pattern from this world but to renovate our minds to recognize the will of God.