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Week of August 30

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA

Mt 16:21-27
What a difference between last Sunday’s Gospel reading and this one. Peter seemed to understand last week, but he completely missed the boat in this Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus praised Peter last week, gave him the keys of the Kingdom, and told him what he bound would stay bound. This week Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Such is the human condition, I suppose. One day we may begin to “get it,” the mystery that is God, and the next we are way off the mark. The truth may be too much for us to bear, and we cry out, “God forbid, Lord!”

As we work daily to “get it,” to think as God thinks, to become real living presence, as we listen with the ear of our hearts, as we take up our cross to follow Jesus, as we ponder and struggle with our own fears and confusion, as we try, again and again, to see and walk with Christ, as we learn from and imitate Jesus as our way, our truth, our life, may we have the graces we need to embrace the love given to us and the wisdom and courage to give ourselves away for the life of our church and our world.

Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.