The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

The “Confession of Faith” at Caesarea Philippi (Mt 16:13-20) by Simon Peter evokes a response by Jesus who now calls him “rock.” Of course, we all know that in this Gospel, rocks walk on water and they also sink. Without Peter’s connection to and dependence upon the Lord Jesus, he falters and sinks. The miraculous imagination of God enables the Christian Church to be built upon faith. Further, we are to remember that the real battles are those fought against the evil powers of darkness. Our connectedness to the Lord Jesus and our faith in Him will always lead to His victory over sin and death. Finally, “true faith” is also administered wisely. We are to use the entrusted key to “loose and bind” in an appropriate measure. And so, once again, we pray for the Church and for all who are part of it:Living God, you sent your Son among us to reveal your wisdom and make known your ways. Increase our faith, that we may confess Jesus as your Son, take up his work on earth, and trust his promise to sustain your Church.

Living God, you sent your Son among us to reveal your wisdom and make known your ways. Increase our faith, that we may confess Jesus as your Son, take up his work on earth, and trust his promise to sustain your Church.

May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!

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