The readings for this Sunday, September 3, are a complete turnaround for Peter from last week. You’ve got to feel for the guy—has anyone ever called you Satan?
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
The readings for this Sunday, September 3, are a complete turnaround for Peter from last week. You’ve got to feel for the guy—has anyone ever called you Satan? Can you imagine if Jesus did? That had to be rough. But, life is like that–some days you’re saying all the right things, some days you couldn’t be more off track. We don’t have to be perfect to be effective; we have to be open to correction, and willing to sacrifice for the truth.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
You can read the full text of this Sunday’s readings here:
Jesus tells Peter that he should be thinking the way God thinks. How does God think?
Have you ever wanted to give up on God? What brought you back? Was it a fire in your bones like it was with Jeremiah? What truth is so important to you that you can’t give up on it?
Have you ever, like St. Peter, spoken out of turn, meaning well, but not offering the response that was needed? How can we balance proper concern for others and meddling? Do you encourage people to do the right thing even when it will cause them pain or stress, or do you protect them from living up to their responsibilities?
A little lectio
The ancient practice of prayerfully reflecting on bits of Scripture is known as lectio divina. Want to try it out with your family? Head over to Lectio Divina for Kids to find out how to adapt this prayer practice for your kids.
A little Bible study
Want to do a little Bible study with your kids? Here are some tips:
- During Ordinary Time, the Church pairs the Old Testament and New Testament readings in a way that each sheds light on the other. Ask your kids to look for the common theme connecting the two readings. (Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it is subtle.) How does the “dialogue” between the readings help you understand them better?
- Get a New American Bible, Revised Edition, and take a look at the footnotes for these readings. How do they change your understanding of what is going on?
- Take a look at the context for the readings—what happens before, or after?
- Read the NABRE’s introduction to the book of the Bible that the readings are taken from. How does that help you understand the readings?
- If you don’t have a copy of the NABRE at home, you can view it online at the USCCB website at the Daily Readings web page. (The link will take you to today’s reading; click forward or backward on the dates to get to Sunday’s readings.)
For even more resources for breaking open this Sunday’s readings, head over to The Sunday Website.
The image for Breaking Open the Word at Home is taken from a 17th century illuminated manuscript by an anonymous (but very talented) artist. The text is from the beginning of the Book of Sirach, chapter 1, verses 1-12, which begins: “All wisdom is from the Lord and remains with him forever.”