21st Sunday of the Year – 27th August 2017
21st SUNDAY. “JESUS –THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD”. 27th August 2017.
The people who knew Jesus, including some of his disciples, believed him to be a great prophet, or one of the other prophets. But, when asked by Jesus to offer an opinion about his identity, Peter said: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’ (Mt 16:16).
Jesus made clear that this was a particular grace from God which allowed Peter, from among all the apostles and disciples, to discern the true identity of Jesus. In this way, Peter announced his belief that Jesus was the promised Messiah who had come to deliver God’s people from the bondage of sin. Jesus was much more than a prophet, and Peter was divinely inspired to acknowledge this truth.
The public manifestation of Peter’s faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Anointed One, was immediately rewarded by Christ who wanted Peter to know two facts.
First, he had been especially blessed by God in being given this knowledge. Secondly, Peter was given a singularly important role in the infant Church: ‘You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.
▼ MOTHER MARY AUBERT: The Bishops and the Home of Compassion Sisters have announced Sunday the 1st of October will be a special national day of celebration and promotion of life and works of Venerable Aubert. Her cause is well advanced. Praise God.
▼SUNG RESPONSE: “My Soul is Thirsting for You O Lord My God”
▼ COLLECTION- L. Sunday’s total was$ 285. Clergy Trust $95. Parish keeps $190.Thanks.
▼ MID WEEK MASS – again of Wednesday and Friday at 10 am in side chapel. Join Me.
▼ FR LOUGHNAN WRITES; Yesterday I attended a city wide heads of denominations meeting, hosted by Bishop Victoria Matthews at the Anglican Centre in Harewood. There was good representation from a number of churches across the city. We took the opportunity to pray for Bishop Victoria and the upcoming synod. She expressed gratitude for any prayers we could offer amongst the churches. Please include this intention in your prayers. .
▼ THE MARIST MESSENGER – features St Patrick’s on its front page in the September issue. It informs the nation of our restoration plans. It also contains an invitation to help us pay for it. A free copy will be available after Mass along with my suggestion you take out an annual subscription and use the daily reflection in your private prayer time. It has a print run of 4000 copies. It is a monthly devotional magazine. PGS
▼NEXT SUNDAY SACRAMENTAL ANOINTING OF THE ELDERLY. Twice a year we offer this opportunity to those with a reasonably serious illness or those in advancing years. Could you prepare for this Sacrament with prayers and perhaps going to confession.
▼LET US PRAY FOR THE SICK. Tom Patterson, Kit Hutchinson, Lou Walker, Noeline McGovern, John Manning, George Skinner, Fr Bill Middleton.