Let yourself be founded upon the Rock of Peter

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: August 21, 2011
Isa 22:19-23; Ps 138; Rom 11:33-36; Matt 16:13-20

Surely many religious founders through the millennia have asked their followers how their message was being received. They might have asked: “How are people responding to the way that I am showing them?” Or, “How are people receiving the revelation that I am communicating to them?” These are reasonable questions that we might expect.

But these are not the questions that Jesus asks in today’s Gospel reading. Rather, he asks: “Who do people say that … I am?” He directs their focus, not to his teaching, not to a way to be lived, not to a body of revelation to be believed—but to himself, his being. (more…)