Sunday, August 19, 2007

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Heb. 12,1-4.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.


Lk 12,49-53.

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Are we willing to run the race? Are we willing to persevere for the love of Jesus through all persecutions even those from our own family? In our struggle against sin, have we been of a mind to give ourselves completely over to Jesus even to the shedding of our own blood for His sake?

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