Fr John's Reflection 22nd Sunday of the Year
22nd Sunday – 3rd September
There can often be a sense that God wants what we want. This was certainly Peter's challenge. In last week's Gospel he received plaudits from Jesus for being on the money, this week he receives a rebuke for being way off the mark.
This is where we need to quieten the warring voices within us which equate what we desire with what God desires. The challenge for us in every age is to be people who allow our minds and hearts to be in union with God. It calls us to be people who are prayerful, reflective and able to see how we can be present to our world with faith, hope and love. This is not by imposing our own will but through allowing God's will to draw us to following him.
Fr. John Armstrong
"The intellectual quest is exquisite, like pearls and coral. But it is not the same as the spiritual quest. The spiritual quest is on another level altogether. Spiritual wine has a subtler taste. The intellect and the senses investigate cause and effect. The spiritual seeker surrenders to wonder." (Rumi Wisdom; trans. Timothy Freke)
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