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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, Sovereign God, be not only our strength, but the strength of those battling depression, sorrow and despair. We ask your blessings especially and specifically people who addicted by the bad habit like smoking, drinking and using drugs of their difficulty and struggle for pursuing their withdrawal. Through Infant Jesus we ask this. Amen.
Habakkuk 3:19: The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.
  Today's Readings ... (August 21, 2011)
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8
Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 16:13-20)
Jesus asks his disciples straight who they think he is. Peter, assuming his realized the leadership task in the group, replies: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is certainly a dramatic moment in their relationship with Jesus. For they have now recognized that their rabbi, their teacher and leader, is no less than the long-awaited Messiah, the anointed sovereign of Israel. The story of the increase of the loaves and fishes is Eucharistic in its intent. Some worries over whether the miracle was an actual physical increase or merely a result of everyone bringing forth their small supplies of food. Nevertheless this misses the tip of the story - that God feeds us with both usual food and with the Eucharist which unites us with church in a feast of love. An appropriate time Jesus tests his disciples with a critical question: Who do people say that I am and who do you (we) say that I am? Jesus then awards on Peter authority to govern the church that Jesus would construct, a church that no powers would conquer. Jesus plays on Peter's name which is the same word for "rock" in both Aramaic and Greek. To call someone a "rock" is one of the most of compliments. Today Lord Jesus tests each of us personally with the similar question: Who do you say that I am?

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