Sunday

23 Aug 2020

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 22:19-23  God chooses who will be raised up and brought low.

Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8  God is exalted yet sees the lowly even from a distance.

Romans 11:33-36  We cannot know the mind of God or the depth of divine wisdom.

Matthew 16:13-20  Peter is chosen to be the rock that will support the church.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

God is depicted as “pulling down” those in high places because of their arrogance. Why do you think abuse of power and authority is such a perennial temptation? How have you dealt with that temptation in your own life?

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Exploring the word

Choosing Peter

Peter gets chosen as many as 28 times in a century (from the years 867 to 965), although we’ve only had 10 popes in the past 100 years. A pope may govern as long as Pius IX (31 years) or Urban VII (12 days). Nobody includes the original Peter in the longevity ranking, because we don’t really know when to start the clock on his rule, and only vaguely can we pinpoint its end.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?”

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Homily stories

Let's talk about this

Earlier this summer as our country reeled and roiled in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, I finally read a book that I had been sitting on my bedside table for over a year.

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Homily stories

Tell no one

At a new job I took years ago, everyone I met in my first days mentioned how the general manager of the organization was a genius. They spoke of him in awed tones. And so when I met him, I was disappointed.

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Homily stories

The Peter Principle

Paul calls God’s judgments inscrutable. Inscrutable, indeed! Most of us see no rhyme or reason to half the events that take place each day. We don’t understand how or why certain people have great power or influence and others barely have any.

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Homily stories

What’s my line?

Back in the 1950s there was a popular TV quiz show called What’s My Line? Four celebrity panelists would each ask questions until they received a “no” answer from a contestant. They were trying to guess the contestant’s unusual occupation.

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

The Lord does not forsake the work of his hands. Let us place ourselves in those hands.

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Quotes

I am to be loved, honored and respected solely because I exist. I am to be cherished, spoiled, celebrated because I Am! I was made to be admired. I am a beloved child of God after all.

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