About the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Sunday, September 3, 2023
The readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on our natural longing for God. In the first reading Jeremiah realizes he cannot escape his burning desire for God. The second reading tells us that we must allow ourselves to be transformed to be one with Christ. And in the gospel Jesus explains that following him means making sacrifices. Are we willing to do what it takes to be a disciple?
Possible themes for this weekend’s readings are sacrificial love, longing for God, prayer, and water.
Daily Mass Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
- First Reading – Jeremiah 20:7-9: “But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 63: “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.”
- Second Reading – Romans 12:1-2: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
- Gospel – Matthew 16:21-27: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”