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Twenty-Second Sunday-Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, may our life please you and bring respect to our father and his name. We know that if we please you, it will make His heart glad. Help us as we seek to recognize you and serve you in ways that show your character in our life. Through Jesus we pray. Amen.
Proverbs 23:24: The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
  Today's Readings ... (August 28, 2011)
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63:2, 3-4,5-6,8-9
Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27

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  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 16:21-27)
Everything we have is an out-right gift from God. We owe him everything, including our very lives. It's possible to give God our money, but not ourselves, or to give him lip-service, but not our hearts. A true disciple of Jesus gladly gives up all that they have in exchange for an endless life of joy and happiness with God. God gives without measure. The joy he offers no sadness or loss can reduce. What is the most significant investment we can make with our life? Jesus poses some probing questions to tackle our assumptions about what is most gainful and worthwhile. In every choice of life we are making ourselves a certain type of person. The kind of person we are, our character, determines to a great extent the kind of future we will face and live. It is possible that some can gain all the things they set their heart on, only to wake up all of a sudden and discover that they missed the most significant things of all. Of what value are material things if they don't help you gain what truly lasts in eternity? Neither money nor property can buy heaven, mend a broken heart, or cheer a lonely person. Jesus asks the question: What will a person give in substitute for his life? The cross of Christ leads to victory and freedom from sin and death. The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ with us unites each aspect of our being into a whole person with reason for survival. The spiritual person lives a meaningful life because he or she knows that there is nothing the world can throw at him that can distract him from the real assignment in life: to throw the fire of Christ upon the earth and look at it burn with the Love of the Lord. What is the cross which Jesus Christ commands us to take up each day? When our will crosses with his will, then his will must be done. Are you ready to lose all for Jesus Christ in order to gain all with Jesus Christ?

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