Reading 1 Is 22:19-23
Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
“I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon My servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.”
God said the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Pride is an idol, and Jesus warns us about this vice. He promotes humility, and He Himself practices it, especially with His death on the cross. I am guilty of it, too, but we cannot let pride take over our hearts and minds. Jesus shows us that He wants His servants to lead, not the selfish ones that boast of their power.
Reading 2 Rom 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways!
For who has known the Mind of the Lord
or who has been His counselor?
Or who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever. Amen.
God knows everything, and our minds are so finite. We often times cannot understand what God is doing, but He knows perfectly well. We should not get mad at Him when we do not know what is going on because who would want a god they could understand? Just because God is speaking loudly doesn’t mean He is not working on things. Plus, He owes us nothing but gives us everything. All He deserves is glory. We must remember, too, that everything is for Him. This should prioritize our tasks and put our thoughts in perspective. All of our thoughts, words, and actions should have the intention of honoring God.
Gospel Mt 16:13-20
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
He asked His disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or One of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But Who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
Then He strictly ordered His disciples
to tell no one that He was the Christ.
Jesus chose Peter to lead the Church. Peter was not perfect so why do we have such trouble when we think God is calling us to do His work. We think He could not be possibly wanting us to do this or that. In reality, we are wrong. God uses all of us to accomplish His mission. All we have to do is say yes. Our shortcomings, failures, and flaws should not hold us back from our full potential because that is doubting God’s choice in us. We need more faith, faith in God and faith in our abilities. We are all parts doing our job to form the Body. Jesus chose Peter to show us that we can do it.