Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 21, A.D. 2005
Isaiah 22:15, 19-23
Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Blessed are you, Simon, Son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed
this to you, but my heavenly Father. And upon this rock, I will build my
Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it."
(Matthew 16: 13-20)
"Who do you say that "I Am?"
One immediately identifies that a soul that receives from the Father, the
revelation of Who the Son is, becomes 'rock' upon which Christ's church may
be built with the promise that the gates of the netherworld will not prevail
Apostolically, Peter is chosen by the Father as the rock through which
Christ's successive authority is enlivened. "Son of Jonah", Christ
characterizes Peter, is to extend Christ's redemption through the
forgiveness of sins. Like Jonah, Peter, and indeed the body of Christ as His
Church, is "sent" to extend this good news beyond the Jewish nation to those
souls willing to repent.
Through apostolic succession, forgiveness of sins for each baptized soul
builds the body of Christ as His Church. One receives "He Who is Truth¹
through the actions of the Holy Spirit and Christ present in the sacraments.
One's very life, conformed to these graces and actions of God, builds His
church within and extends this to the waiting world. "Go and make disciples
of all nations."
O Lord, open our hearts to receive and extend your presence of Truth to all
with the blessed assurance that the gates of hell will not prevail against
us, your holy Church. May we see in our Lady, the image of the first, "full
of grace", beholding You, conforming her life at each moment to Your perfect
will, and faithfully cooperating in your redemptive actions, thus serving
You in this purpose. Amen.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
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