Homily from the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“No” paves the way for “yes”.

Jesus gives us the conditions for discipleship. We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. But what does it really mean to deny ourself? And how can this giant “no” pave the way for an even greater “yes”?

Mass Readings from September 3, 2023:Jeremiah 20:7-9Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9Romans 12:1-2

Matthew 16:21-27