27 August 2017
By Stefania Caterina and Fr. Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; I welcome you and wish you a good Sunday. It is the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time.
On 7 August we have celebrated the First Person of the Most Holy Trinity, God the Father, source and summit. We want to live these times in a way that take us increasingly closer to Him through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. We have said that this is not a celebration of one day and that it does not finish here; this celebration is the beginning of the path of these times in which we are steadily pushed ahead towards the full light.
This Sunday offers particular readings to prepare us up for the time of autumn when we will be more ready to pray and progress intensively. Today’s Gospel speaks about Peter’s confession and the authority Jesus Christ gives him; we can say that in this Gospel Peter finds his identity and receives his mission. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” This profession of Peter‘s paves the way in him: Jesus is Christ, the Saviour of the world and the universe, but Jesus does not hold him back directing him to the Father: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” Thus Peter is directed to the Father. “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
This message of Jesus to Peter is meant for each one of us. If we submit to God the Father, to His thoughts and to His plans for us according to our originality and our mission, Jesus Christ will meet us on our path to open it towards God the Father through His death and resurrection. Peter had to follow that path, and each one of us will have to follow that path to reach God the Father being submitted to the Laws of the pure Spirit that come out of the source, God the Father. We know very well what direction Peter took. That is not human fascination, a magic solution, but a man’s full response to give up his ideas, his mentality and die to himself to live according to the teachings of Jesus and according to His deeds to reach the glory of the Father. This is the path we on Earth have to go because we have inherited the sin of our progenitors who made an alliance with Lucifer because of which we tend to be detached from God and act according to our own will. As soon as Jesus began to speak about His death and resurrection, Peter said that this should never happen. Jesus response was, “Get behind me, Satan!“ Continue reading