Scripture Reflections – Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Is 22: 19-23; Rm 11:33-36; Mt 16: 113-20

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who do people say that the Son of Man is? ”  There is no blog entry on the planet that could possibly summarize all of the answers offered in response to that question through the centuries.  Besides, the dog is getting anxious to go out for a walk, so I won’t even attempt to do so.

The more important question, of course, is the follow-up.  “But who do YOU say that I am?” Jesus question to Peter is not just one for the first Pope to answer.  It’s the fundamental question each and every believer must answer for her/his self.  Everything else flows from that answer.

Being a good leader, Peter goes first.   Yet all any leader can do is point the way.  We have to make the journey.

Who do you say the Son of Man is?  When you take a step back and look at your life, does there seem to be a consistency there between how you live and how you answer that question?

If you’d like to share your answers, I’d love to read them.

Jim Philipps (3rd millennium pilgrim)

(I wrote a blog entry  last August as a reflection on the feast of the Assumption.  If you’d like to read it, search for “Gospel reflection – Luke 1:39-56).

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