26th August, 2012 Readings: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday’s readings are incredible; incredible in pursuing Truth and presenting it in its entirety: radical, challenging and life-giving.
The second reading contains the “controversial” part about how a wife should be subordinate to the husband as to the Lord. Feminists will all throw their hands up in the air and protest at this, accusing the Church of being sexist. But we must also read that the husband receives an even stricter command to love his wife. The greatest mystery, as the reading says, is that a man will be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
This Sunday’s Gospel continues from where last week left off. Jesus spoke about eating His flesh and drinking his blood and the disciples now question Jesus about how to actually accept such a radical, or even outrageous, teaching! To which he replied, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” So “many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.”
In the same way, perhaps this week we are called to first be subordinate to Christ, as a member of the Church. To give up our lives to Him, especially in areas where we feel that it is outrageous to concede control, or radical teachings which we struggle to agree with. Jesus, by His death and resurrection, has already shown us how much He loves us, and has committed to love us, just like the husband to his wife.
Second, to keep faith in Jesus. For when Jesus turned around to ask the disciples, to which Simon Peter replied “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” Peter displayed the faith he had in Jesus. This incident however, when juxtaposed against Simon Peter’s other replies to Jesus, such as when he rebuked Jesus when Jesus said He will die but rise again in three days; or when He cut off the ear of the servant of the guards, shows how faith is given by the Holy Spirit. For it is only possible for Simon Peter to have said that with the power of the Holy Spirit.
“We have come to believe and are convinced that You are the Holy One of God”