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Why God Gives Us Crosses (#439, 22nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday. Our expectations can get us into trouble when they aren’t realistic. Peter has expectations for the Messiah but they don’t match God’s plans. Too often we find ourselves in Peter’s shoes. We have expectations for our own life but they don’t match God’s plans for our life. We expect life to be free of struggles. God gives us struggles because he wants us to love more deeply, live more courageously, and to become better people. When you follow Jesus, your life will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

(31 Aug 2014)

Pause and Reflect

  • What was the last big struggle that I have put behind me?
  • Where did I see the presence of God in the midst of this struggle?
  • How might God be present in the struggles I am facing right now?