Cycle A

Good News A40

Jesus Must Be Killed

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Matthew 16:21-27 New American Bible

Matthew 16:21-27 Bible Gateway New International Version


From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must be killed and on the third day be raised.


When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to be put to death, but three days later he would be raised to life, Peter was upset. He told Jesus that this must never happen. Jesus told him that the Son of Man was about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then God would reward each person according to his deeds.

Hopefully, your deeds will match up to the skills that God has given you when it is your turn to be judged.

Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins. He died so that you could spend all eternity with God in Heaven.

Each morning when you awake, say, “Good Morning, Lord. How are you today? Thank you for all you have done for me. I am going to look for the best in everyone I meet today. I am going to help others see your Goodness and Mercy. I offer everything I do today for you.”

All the good things you do for others make God happy. Even the smallest things like opening a door, handing someone a tissue, holding someone’s hand when they are afraid, calling on the phone to say, “I love you;” giving your old clothes to the poor; and donating your old toys to Goodwill make God happy. All of these things brings a smile to God’s face especially when you tell him you did it for him!!!

          Pray the “Our Father.” Forgive others as you would like for God to forgive you. Be the best you can be. Look for the best in others.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”



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