21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on August 22, 1993

Readings: Isaiah 22:15, 19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20

In this week’s readings, we hear about authority, but it’s not equivalent to power, when Jesus gives authority to Peter.  We are reminded that those who positions of authority, are bound by conscience, where one is alone with God.  When Jesus speaks, He calls each of us to be one with God by seeking out His will.  Then, we must follow Him by our actions in our lives. Fr. Healy passionately explains that God doesn’t want us to always be right, but rather, we must be sincere, driven by our deep connection with God through our conscience. Indeed, we must struggle with those that have reached a very different view of an issue of today through their own conscience.  The ultimate measure of truth, goodness, and beauty, is the person of Jesus.  We must constantly ask ourselves what Jesus would say or do.  Living according to that principle makes us Christian.