21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 21 Aug 2017

O God, who cause the minds of the faithful

to unite in a single purpose,

grant your people to love what you command

and to desire what you promise,

that, amid the uncertainties of this world,

our hearts may be fixed on that place

where true gladness is found.

He will become a throne of glory for his father’s house. First Reading

Your faithfulness and love excel all we ever knew of you. Responsorial Psalm

How rich are the depths of God! Second Reading

“But you, who do you say I am?” Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Isaiah 22:19–23; Psalm 137 (138); Romans 11: 33–36; Matthew 16:13–20

In today’s First Reading, Isaiah shows us how the Lord, as king, rules – he is one who cares for his subjects as for his own children. The worthy king holds the ‘key’ of absolute authority.

The Gospel recalls Simon Peter’s answer to the question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ As a trusted servant he is given the ‘keys’ of the king.

The apostle Paul, in the Second Reading, is moved by the richness and depth of the Lord’s thoughts and ways. He speaks not through fear and awe, but rather through wonder and gratitude.

Likewise, the Psalm is a song of praise in thanksgiving for the faithfulness and love of the Lord, which always come before any response on our part.

Perhaps, this week, I might feel called to ponder anew that ‘faithfulness and eternal love’ of the Lord for me, and what my response to this might be. Who do I say the Lord is, and what might my answer mean for the way I live my daily life?