Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017

“You are the Christ, Son of the Living God!”

The question we find in this week’s Gospel reading, “But who do you say I am?” raises the question of Jesus’ authority in our lives. Authority is something everyone knows we need and everyone thinks should be present, but nobody wants to submit to. God’s plan of authority, and man’s, are frequently not the same, and are often in direct opposition to one another. At the center of God’s plan of authority is a concern for reconciling humanity to the Father, and to one another. However, frequently at the center of mankind’s concept of authority is simply a quest for self -preservation, and self-concern for power, riches and fame.

God’s authority in our lives should be pre-eminent, overruling both human authority and self-concern. His is the authority, the understanding of which primarily comes from the experience of surrender to his will and the subsequent good we encounter. We do not discover it from dwelling in isolation, “me and God,” but by living in community and in communion with the body of Christ, “we and God." The community to which we belong, the Church, helps us to understand God’s will and pledge allegiance to it. When conflict arises between God’s authority which is just, and human authority which is capricious, we must come down on the side of God.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer