August 21, 2020
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today, the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus asks his disciples this famous question, “Who do men say that I am?” At that time many people were comparing him to the greatest of prophets: John the Baptist, Elijah and Jeremiah. Peter, who was always quick to answer, responded, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.”
By saying this to Peter, he plays on Peter’s name which is the same word for “rock” in both Aramaic and Greek. To call someone a rock, was and is a great compliment. It means strong, steadfast, enduring and reliable. The ancient rabbis had a saying that when God saw Abraham, he exclaimed, “I have discovered a rock to found the world upon.” Through Abraham, God established a nation for himself. Through Peter, God built his Church here on earth.
Lord Jesus, I profess and believe that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. You are my Lord and my Savior. Make my faith strong like Peter’s and give me boldness to speak of you to others that they may come to know you personally as Lord and Savior and grow in the knowledge of your great love.
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818