Vol: 41, No.47 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( A) August 24 2014  

I am” one has to have a personal experience of Jesus. He does not want a reporting or hearsay but an answer borne out of a personal and deeper experience of him in one’s life. It is important to notice that the one who is made the rock on which the Church is to be built, cannot rely on some-body’s experience of Jesus. It is also equally important to see that the keys of the kingdom are not given to anybody but the one who commits oneself totally and unconditionally to Jesus Christ. Peter was for all practical purpose a timid and cowardly person. He even denied Jesus. And yet once he received the Holy Spirit of the Lord, he proclaimed, “I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!” (Acts 3: 6).
It is for sure that with all the silver and gold in the world, the lame man could not have walked! The man was not even asking for a cure but something that will help him to manage his day. Peter’s profession of faith in Jesus Christ opens for him a greater participation in the mission of Christ. Jesus says to Peter: “Blessed are you Simon Bar Jonah...And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.” Two Sundays ago, we heard about the attempt of Peter to walk on the water. When he failed in that attempt of his, Jesus reprimands him saying: “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt 14:31). But today, the scolding is changed to praise. Peter opens his heart to the divine revelation

and has recognized in Jesus Christ the Son of God, his Saviour. The answer that he gave to Jesus was a path-breaking and history-making moment in his life that would transform his life forever. At one time or the other, you and I also have to give an answer to the question: “Who do you say that I am?” It is not enough to give a concept, a researched answer, or a lived experience of another person, but it has to be a personal one borne out of a deep and transforming God-experience.
Only a deeper and personal faith and communion with Jesus Christ will help us to prevail over the power of evil. The kingdom of sin and death is manifested amongst us and it makes us suffer and die. But the kingdom of God is also made available to us and it ensures life. In the first reading of today, St Paul tells us about the unfathomable riches, wisdom and knowledge of God. When we come to surrender to the awesome power of God, we will be made the stewards of his riches and he will share with us his knowledge and wisdom. To be with the Lord, one needs to possess the attitudes of the Lord. Peter who gets applause today from Jesus will receive rebukes when he rejects Jesus’ prediction of his imminent passion and death. Peter was accused of thinking not like God but like humans do. Let us pray that all of us may have a deeper and personal experience of Jesus that enables us to confess that Jesus is our Lord and God.
– Fr Johnson Vattakkunnel, ssp
August 2014 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 1
25 Mon (W) Sts Louis of France/Joseph Calasanz
2 Thes 1:1-5.11-12/Ps 96:1-2a.2b-3.4-5/Mt 23:13-22
26 Tue (G) 2 Thes 2:1-3a.14-17/Ps 96:10.11-12.13/Mt 23:23-26
27 Wed (W) St Monica, 2 Thes 3:6-10.16-18/Ps 128:1-2.4-5/Mt 23:27-32
28 Thu


St Augustine, 1 Cor 1:1-9/Ps 145:2-3.4-5.6-7/Mt 24:42-51
29 Fri (R) Martyrdom of John the Baptist
Jer 1:17-19/Ps 71:1-2.3-4a.5-6ab.15&17/Mk 6:17-29
30 Sat (G) 1 Cor 1:26-31/Ps 33:12-13.18-19.20-21/Mt 25:14-30
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