Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 27, 2017, 21st Sunday in Ordianry Time

Isaiah 22:12-23    Romans 11:33-36    Matthew 16:13-20

Today’s Gospel takes up the question of leadership in the early church. When it comes to Jesus we have to learn how to think differently about many things. Jesus knew that people wanted to make Him a material king.

He performed many miracles in His own time, but He did not earn his crown by science or miracles but by suffering service, being compassionate to the poor, the lonely, and the sick and ultimately giving his own life. Jesus did not want anything to get in His way from His journey to Jerusalem and so He had to share this with His Disciples. He knew He had to come to offer a humble sacrifice and He was determined to stay faithful to that calling.

We are called to be merciful, loving and forgiving as Jesus is and let nothing distract us from that call and seeing the face of Jesus Christ in all of our sisters and brothers.


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