Gospel for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 16:13-20
“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.”
How do you picture “the Son of Man”?
What attracts you to Him?
Might other people have a sense of your relationship with the “Son of Man” by the way you live?
Heritage word—“We can be raised up countless times each day as we put on new attitudes, as we are reconciled with others, as we challenge the world to seek peace and justice, as we choose to live the simple life Jesus modeled for us, as we ‘cross the road’ to show the compassion of Jesus to the needy.”
(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)