From the Pastor's Desk... August 31st

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This last Sunday of August, the 22nd in ordinary time, Jesus emphasizes that the will of God is self-sacrifice. If we wish to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.

The cross loomed large in the life of Christ was the cross of rejection, ingratitude, aggressive-ness, cruelty and betrayal – the cross imposed on Him by human sinfulness in all its forms. Out of love for Him, Jesus’ disciples would have wanted that He be spared so much undeserved suffering, but Jesus knew that accepting it with love was the only way to bring about the salvation of mankind.

The invitation to “present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God,” is a high target, to realize the full potential of our lives....