St. Matthias Men's Life Ministry

Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 7:00 AM
" In Deo Speramus "
(In God We Hope)
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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ's Charge to St. Peter (cartoon for the Sistine Chapel)
Raphael
Date: 1515
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.
Readings:
Oremus pro invicem
(Let us pray for one another)
 
Lord,
help me to identify
the idols that attract my attention
and draw me away from
those I love and
from you. 

Give me
the eyes and
the ears
to see you
and hear your voice
above the static
and scramble
of those false gods,
the idols
that command my attention.
 
Amen
First Reading
Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
"I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
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.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family."

The Word of the Lord
Discussion Questions
1. Are there ways in which Eliakim, son of Hilkiah, is a prototype in this reading of the ultimate leader, Christ. What does Eliakim have in common with Peter? How does the "key" mentioned in this reading relate to the "keys" in the Gospel?
2.
God says he will fix Eliakim like a peg in a sure spot to be a place of honor for his family. This and other metaphors in the First Reading indicate God's support for him. What other qualities or virtues do you look for in Church leadership, besides having a solid faith?

Second Reading
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! 
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?
For from him and through him and for him are all things. 
To him be glory forever. Amen.

The Word of the Lord
Discussion Questions
1.
 "For who has know the mind of the Lord?" Are you good at discernment of God's presence in your actions? Are you able to know where God is leading you, or what God is doing in your life?
2.
Can you see your whole life as a way to worship God? Does your fear ever give way to love?
Alleluia, alleluia.
MT 16:18
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
"Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 
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. 
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. 
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." 
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.

The Gospel of the Lord
Discussion Questions
1.
To answer Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am," you have to know him. Which of the following could help you know Jesus:

successes 
weaknesses
family
flowers
homeless people
music by Vivaldi
Michelangelo's David
a good homily
a good book
good friends
suffering
joy

Can you find (and get to know) God in all things?
2.

We come to know him "in the daily encounter with the Lord, each day. Through our victories and through our weaknesses." ...
We come to know Jesus ... as disciples on the path of life, following behind him ... This is a work of the Holy Spirit, who is a great worker: he is not a union organizer, [but] he is a great worker. And he is always at work in us: and he carries out this great work of explaining the mystery of Jesus, and of giving us the mind of Christ.
 

 For what are we born if not to aid one another?

Ernest Hemingway

 

 

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then we'll have peace."

By: Jimi Hendrix

 

"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Abraham Lincoln

 

 

If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is brought to perfection in us.

1 John 4:12
 

 

Deus fit homo ut homo fieret Deus

God became human so that humans might become God

(Catholicism, Page 2 by Fr. Robert Barron)

 

"The Glory of God is a human being fully alive."

Meyers, Robin R. (2009-02-19).  Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus (Kindle Location 639).  Harper Collins, Inc..  Kindle Edition.

 

God "dwells in us." 
God's love is not meant for us alone;  
we must give it away.

 

 

Do small things today and for many tomorrows,
with a generous heart.

 

Give God Away Today!
Help us then, Lord,  
to be so united with the paschal mystery of Jesus,  
that through Him the world can become a better place to dwell.  
You promise us much for this life  
and for our eternal presence with You;  
may we live into that promise  
each day.

 

 

An interesting thought:

The birth of St. John is celebrated on June 24th, in the moment of the summer solstice. From that point onward, daylight begins to reduce. On the other hand, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated on December 25th, during the winter solstice. From that point onward, daylight begins to grow, to get longer.