August 14, 2022

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are challenged – even disturbed – by Jesus’ words. Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth? Our answer is probably “yes,” we are very comfortable with you coming to bring us peace, security and solve our problems. No, I tell you, but division. Really, Lord, we have enough division already. Just look at our world, country, parishes, and families. There is ample division.

We have different visions for who we are and what we should be doing. Our children may see life differently. In our parishes, we see different ways of being Church. For some, we prefer a peaceful, prayerful environment that tries to preserve the traditions of prayer and stability. For others, the message of the Gospel is to go out to build the Kingdom by working for justice and peace among the poor, forgotten, and neglected in our world.

We are divided. And yet we are reminded that we have a cloud of witnesses that have run the race before us and have shown us the way. We have the prophets who have called out injustice and failure to live the word of God. We have saints who have worked to build up the Church from within and preserve fidelity to gospel values.

Jeremiah was one faithful to speaking the word he had received, and he paid the price for that fidelity. Jesus was put to death for living in fidelity to the Father’s love. Living the vision is costly and requires us to change the status quo.

Whatever our divisions, the Eucharist provides us with that place where we come together to acknowledge our unity in our desire to follow Christ. Here we find peace. Here we find the strength to accept one another and the Lord’s call to bring about the Kingdom.

What division am I called upon to heal?

Let us pray:

Lord, send forth your Spirit and enkindle in us the fire of your love. May that fire overcome the darkness of our divisions and blindness to your love. May our hearts burn within us as we recognize you in our Eucharist and reach out to one another with love and care. With trusting hearts, we pray: Amen.


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About Mary Muehle

Mary is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament, parishioner of Saint Paschal Baylon Church and a former chaplain at Grace Hospice in Cleveland, Ohio.