Reading 1 JER 20:7-9, Responsorial Psalm PS 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9, Reading 2 ROM 12:1-2, Gospel MT 16:21-27

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”. To follow Christ is not easy; we must make sacrifices to live according to the Gospel.

In the first reading, Jeremiah is about to give up the mission God has given him because he was disappointed by the fact that his message and preaching were welcomed neither by his family relatives nor by his compatriots. Also political and religious authorities seek to kill him because he was demanding all to change from their bad behaviors and turn to God. In his distress, God comforts him, and Jeremiah continues his mission.

Like Jeremiah, some of us are tired to the point of deciding to abandon their mission: some parents want to give up their family mission because of their children; political leaders want to quit their positions because things are not going well. We get tired because we want to do things by ourselves, but if we turn to God’s guidance, He gives us the strength we need to walk through the hardships of life. Through Christ, we accomplish our mission. Thus, there is no reason to give up, for He promised to be with us until the end of the world.

 In the Gospel, Jesus reveals to His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem and that He would be crucified there. Peter and other disciples were shocked to hear that their master, whom they followed for three years, would be crucified. Indeed, the disciples saw Jesus as the one who would overthrow Romans and rule on Israel; they hoped to be among His ministers when He became king. Thus, Peter advised Jesus to not go through the way of sufferings, but Jesus did not let Peter keep Him from accomplishing His mission. We should follow Christ’s example, we must be determined for that issue and not let friends’ advice or the mundane way of thinking make us fail to accomplish our mission.

In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from 6:30 AM Mass of Sunday August 30, 2020 at Mont Sion Gikungu.

The mass was celebrated by Father Jean Marie Bisimwa.

Christa Bella Ishimwe.