21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings that we hear this week are a difficult few to really get much out of. They all have the common element of leadership and how God has a plan for everyone. This week we start a little earlier in the Book of Isaiah. In the reading today we have the Lord speaking to Shebna, the Master of the Palace and the Lord says “I’m going to kick you out of office and replace you and give your clothing and the keys to Eliakim.” This is an odd reading as it really has nothing much to say other then sort of tie key to leadership or something. People are replaceable and we should all support the priest and bishops that minister to us. With the reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans we pick up right were we left off last week, for it is from him and through him and for that all things are here. The call of the Lord is for all and he has enough for everyone.

We finally reach to Gospel where Peter is chosen to lead the church and Jesus gives him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus asks his disciple “Who do people say I am” they reply That the people are saying that Jesus is Elijah, John the Baptist, Jeremiah or some other prophet. Then Jesus flips the question on them and asks “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter speaks up saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then we know how it ends Jesus goes you are Peter and on this rock I will be my church. The Gospel ends with a clever bit at the end “Then he strictly ordered his disciple to tell no one that he was the Christ.” This week we are asked the same question “Who do you say I am?” this is a difficult question for many people to answer as we all like to think that we all have a unique relationship with Jesus. It doesn’t really matter what our response is as long as there is one essential element that needs to be included. Jesus should be one of our best friends. Christianity is all about relationships and we need to have one with our heavenly father above all others. For many this is the problem.

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