Posted on Aug 25, 2017

21st Week in Ordinary Time
August 24 RCIA Session in Holy Family Room

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

"I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim's shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut; when he shuts, no one shall open." -cf. Isaiah 22:19-23

"Simon Peter said in reply, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'  Jesus said to him in reply, '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.' "  -cf Matthew 16:13-20


  • August 31 - RCIA for Adults in Holy Family Room from 7:00-9:00 pm -- ALL ARE WELCOME!!
  • September 7 -- RCIA begins for children and youth with their parents -- all come to the Cafeteria at 7:00 pm on September 7



  • Read Chapter 7 of the USCCA
  • Who do you say that Jesus is?  How do you know him?  What makes you want to know him more?
  • This week, look online at different images of Jesus.  Pick a favorite.  Print it and put it in your place of prayer.   Take 5 to 15 minutes of silence each day just to be with Jesus; take not of any images of Jesus that come to you, or anything that Jesus might want from you.


REFLECTION:  Unlocking Doors for others

Keys unlock doors - once a door is unlocked, it is open for all to enter.  Often when we hear this Gospel we think of Peter closing the doors against us, or of how unworthy we are.  We are presented with the uncomfortable possibility that the door will be barred against us - and that we will be left outside trying to make a deal with Peter, keeper of the keys and of the gate.

However, keys are all about getting in - it is the lock that keeps us out!  When Peter recognizes Jesus as Lord and God, he comes to possess the one key that will unlock the door for all of us.  For all Apostles, for all who have really and truly received the keys to the Kingdom, their greatest desire is the desire of Jesus for all souls: their greatest desire is to open the way to life to every person and to all people.  For Christians, Jesus is the "Way, the Truth, and the Life."  All who come to Him will be saved.  The keys are for letting the people in so that they each can be joined to Christ Jesus (by the working of the Holy Spirit) in conforming their lives to the will of the Father who made them.

"The whole of Christ's life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resurrection are the actualization of his word and the fulfillment of Revelation."  [St. John Paul II, CT 9] 

"Christ stands at the heart of this gathering into the 'family of God.'  By his word, through signs that manifest the reign of God, and by sending out his disciples, Jesus calls all people to come together around him.  But above all, in the great Paschal mystery - his death on the cross and his Resurrection - he would accomplish the coming of his Kingdom. 'And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to men to myself.'  Into this union with Christ all are called."  -CCC #542

"By his obedience to Mary and Joseph, as well as by his humble work during the long years in Nazareth, Jesus gives us the example of holiness in the daily life of family and work."   -CCC #564

"From the beginning of  his public life, at his baptism, Jesus is the 'Servant,' wholly consecrated to the redemptive work that he will accomplish by the 'baptism' of his Passion."  -CCC #565 

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