Sunday, September 3
Readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27
Reflection Question: This week, allow yourself to spend some quiet time in the presence of the Lord. Ask yourself how, like Jeremiah, the Word of God can burn within you.
This week on FORMED.org, Martha Fernandez discusses our call as Catholics to be faithful disciples of God, and our duty to give everything up to follow Him. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah is left feeling mocked and duped by the Lord. He feels almost ready to give up; he wants to stop preaching to avoid the ridicule and negativity which he receives as a result of preaching the Word of God: but he can’t. The Word of God burns in his heart too strongly to ignore, hence he continues bearing the temporal hardship of proclaiming the Word of God in our world. We as Catholics must often undertake this and similar hardships in order to fully immerse ourselves in the Love of God and to relay that love of God to others. We need to offer our body, ourselves, as a living sacrifice to God.
In this week’s gospel, Peter can’t bear the thought of suffering and taking up our crosses in that way. In response, Jesus rebukes Peter saying that he is thinking in terms of this world, and not in terms of God. We have to try to think in terms of God and try to emulate Jesus in His ways instead of focusing on the moral constraints and obstacles of this world. We must always strive to be disciples and to always act in the ways and grace of Jesus.