Sunday, August 22, 2021
The readings for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B remind us that discipleship is a choice. In the first reading (Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B) Joshua challenges the Israelites to decide if they will serve the Lord or pagan gods. The psalm (Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21) declares “The Lord has eyes for the just, and ears for their cry.” In the second reading (Ephesians 5:21-32 OR 5:2A, 25-32) Paul tells us that Christ is the head of the Church. And in the gospel (John 6:60-69), some of Jesus’ followers walk away because they cannot accept what he is saying.
This is a good time to speak about endurance and perseverance as disciples. Here are some ideas:
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