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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 22:19-23
Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

Our readings today are about keys. A key unlocks everything from bank vaults and jewelry boxes to buildings and car doors. Keys represent authority and power. When that power is abused, keys can be taken away by those in higher authority. Parents sometimes take away the keys to the car from a teenager who "messes up."

In today's first reading, God takes away the key from Shebna, the master of the palace of King Hezekiah, and gives that key to a worthier man, Eliakim. Shebna had torn down the houses of their power and used them to build a magnificent tomb for himself.

In the Gospel, Jesus gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to Peter. We all know that, through the ages, the successors to Peter have not always used their power responsibly. Many bishops, too, have not used their authority as God intended them to do. Christ foresaw all of this when he first entrusted Peter with the keys. He knew that human weakness would sometimes frustrate His plans for the Church.

Through their baptism, all Christians have received a share in the power of the keys to heaven. With that power goes responsibility to witness to the Gospel. This includes loving those close to us, and those distant from us, to forgive those who offend us, and to protect and aid those in need, especially children.

We certainly don't want God to take those keys away from us and give them to those He feels are more worthy!

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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