Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 12, 2021
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Who do people say that I am?” Jesus asks this question in today’s Gospel passage. Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Messiah. He says, “You are the Christ.” This response provides Jesus with a wonderful opportunity to offer a different understanding of ‘Messiah.’ He tells his disciples that he has not come to establish an earthly kingdom. Rather, he has come to establish a spiritual kingdom in weakness. God’s kingdom will be established through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah comes from a section that is identified as the ‘Servant Song.’ This text or tradition points to a Messiah coming in humiliation and suffering. Jesus uses this text to identify his own ministry on behalf of God’s people. Peter fails to remember this tradition when he tells Jesus not to talk about his suffering and death. He is confused and upset, for Peter looked for a Messiah who would come in power and glory. Jesus notes that Peter is not thinking as God does but as human beings do.
There is a further challenge for the followers of Jesus. His followers will embrace the same path of suffering, death, and resurrection. As true Christians, we too will likely share in Jesus’ redemptive suffering.
Please pray is a special way this weekend for those effected by violence remembering in a special way the victims of 9/11.
Thank you for joining us as we celebrate Mass on the Grass at Our Lady of Lourdes. This is a great opportunity to meet other parishioners who usually attend a different Mass. It also marks the kickoff of our school year and the use of FORMED as a tool for faith formation.
I hope you have a chance to join the Holy Family Parish celebration of culture from noon to 8 pm. I hope to see you there.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len