Sunday, August 14, 2022
The readings for Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year C tell us that discipleship can cause division and that we will have people pulling us in different directions. In the first reading (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10) is thrown in a cistern for speaking the truth, but finally a court official speaks up for him. The psalm (Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18) begs “Lord, come to my aid!”. In the second reading (Hebrews 12:1-4) Paul reminds us of all of the opposition Jesus endured. In the gospel (Luke 12:49-53) Jesus tells us that he has come up to disrupt our lives and shake us out of complacency.
This is a time to discuss peer pressure and authenticity. It is important to develop relationships which support our faith journeys. Here are some ideas: