22nd Week in Ordinary Times : Sunday 30th August, 2020

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Love – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Peter tried to persuade Jesus not to embrace the Cross and Death.  Jesus responds, “Unless you renounce yourself and take up your cross,” you will not gain Eternal Salvation.  In times of trials, is our “self-love” for comfort and glory, deeper than our love for God?

  Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 16:21-25

Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to rebuke him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord,’ he said, ‘this must not happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because you are thinking not as God thinks but as human beings do.’

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.’