Sunday, September 3, 2023
The readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A focus on our natural longing for God. In the first reading (Jeremiah 20:7-9) Jeremiah realizes he cannot escape his burning desire for God. The psalm (Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9) says ” My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.” The second reading (Romans 12:1-2) tells us that we must allow ourselves to be transformed. And in the gospel (Matthew 16:21-27) Jesus explains that following him means making sacrifices.
Possible themes for this weekend’s readings are sacrificial love, longing for God, prayer, and water. Here are some ideas: