22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014

“Get behind me Satan.” Sometimes, what makes a problem so difficult is not that we don’t know what to do but that we know too well what to do, but to act would not be “the easy way out.” In today’s Gospel, Peter simply wants to protect Jesus from the suffering Jesus predicts. Jesus sharply rebukes Peter for not “thinking as God does.” We often try to skirt issues because to do what is right is difficult. Discipleship, as those in Iraq are experiencing, is not the avoidance of evil. Discipleship means to take on what is good, to seek out what is right, to work for justice, to work for peace. Let us embrace the faith of the cross. This is a faith that understands that the crosses in our lives are the ways to bring God’s promise of resurrection to others.

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