August 21, 2011: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23
Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Peter knew Jesus as Christ, Son of the living God. An exaltation of faith, rooted in heavenly wisdom, not from decrees of earthly flesh and blood. Peter proclaimed, with all his heart, this acclamation of praise and worship, yet Peter personified insecurity and denial. But Jesus trusted Peter as the rock to build His church, for the lowly He sees and the proud He knows from afar. Today, we are the Church. Jesus trusts us, with our imperfections. Each time we receive His presence in our hands at the Eucharist, Jesus asks us to build up the church as His body in the world by our actions. Not focusing on our inadequacies, He strengthens us through kindness and eternal love. This fluidity of believers, ongoing for two millenniums, will prevail against all earthly guises and false identities that label Christ without His eternal dimension. So when Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?”, we can give thanks to you O Lord and say, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God –present today as you were to Peter.”
Individual Reflection: Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus asks us many questions in the Gospels. Reflect upon these questions as you read The Questions of Jesus by Fr John Dear.
Family Reflection: Psalm 138
Have each family member discuss how they can be less proud and more lowly.
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