Cycle B: 21st Sunday

Joshua asks his people a question that we need to answer ourselves each day. “If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve?” How often do we pick someone or something other than the LORD? Work, Sports, Friends, Family, Laziness, Ourselves? All too often we begin to think Sunday is “our day” rather than the Lord’s Day. We think we know best for ourselves rather than some priest, bishop, or pope.
Yet Paul reminds us we are called to be, “subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The Church has our best interest at heart when she calls us to attend mass each week. Too often I have heard this passage used as a stick to beat women into subjugation. Yet it is hardly intended to be such, because it says for the “husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over tor her to sanctify her.” Christ came to serve not to be served.
Remember he said we must not be like the gentiles who lord their power over others. In the Gospel, as mentioned last week, it says “many” had trouble with Jesus’ Eucharistic declaration and returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.” Sometimes Catholics have the same difficulties. If we truly believe in the Eucharist, how could anyone of us walk away from this special meal of eternal life?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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