Simon, You Rock!

19 Aug

The readings for Mass on Sunday, August 21, 2011 can be found here: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Please help God help me. Read the Scriptures for this weekend. Suggest to me a thought from your mind, an emotion from your heart or an example from your life, so that I can speak to the people of St. Andrew something that might connect with their minds, hearts and lives. 

This is what I am thinking thus far …

As school begins for many students, we have Jesus quizzing the disciples. When he asks his question, Jesus finds out that some are saying that he is Jesus the Baptist or that he is Jesus the Prophet. Rightly, Peter says that he is Jesus the Christ. (BTW, Christ is not Jesus’ last name, like I am Rob Waller. He is Jesus the Christ, like me being Rob a Christian. He is the Christ. I am a Christian.) In saying that Jesus is the Christ, Peter got it right, well, almost. He knew that Jesus is the Christ, that is, Jesus is the Anointed One, Jesus is the Messiah, and for that answer the teacher gave him a star, “Simon, you rock!” Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ. He just didn’t know what it really meant. In next week’s Gospel, Peter says that it obviously means that Jesus will not have to suffer. Oops. He should have quit when he was rock. This week he gets a check mark for “participates well.” Next week he gets one for “needs improvement.” This week he is a rock. Next week, he is a stumbling block. Sounds like us, doesn’t it?

Now click on “comments” below, and tell me what stirs in you when read Isaiah, Psalms, Romans and Matthew.

2 Responses to “Simon, You Rock!”

  1. Tammy Deaton Stratman August 19, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Here goes….what stirred in me is that when we know who the Lord is and confess that He is our Lord and Savior it is then that He begins to bestow us with His gifts…the keys to the kingdom. The Lord begins to show us more of Himself…opens doors to reveal maybe something new. We also have a responsibility to do something with these gifts that He gives us…to serve build His kingdom. He gives us the power and authority to do this… to fulfill His purpose and nothing shall prevail against us in doing it.

    • Father Rob Waller August 19, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      … and what stirs in you helps things stir in me … thanks for the homily help, Tammy …. here’s trusting that God will provide, as God always provides … here’s trusting that God will give to me what I am supposed to offer to the people for their consideration and reflection after the Gospel on Sunday – or at least that I do not get in the way of what God is trying to give to them.

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