by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 08/21/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
August 24, 2014

“He was not telling them to beware of the leaven of bread, but the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
(Matthew 16:12b)


Who do people say the Son of Man is?”(Matthew 16:13b)

“John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the great prophets,”
responded the simple uneducated fishermen of the sea.

Other people of importance and some not so important also had opinions
about Jesus. Beelzebub, a crazy man, a drunkard, and a carpenter’s son
are a few of them.

“But, who do you say that I am.”
Simon Peter became the disciples’ spokesman.
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
It seems this was the opinion, Jesus was fishing for, and he asked the right people—fishermen!

Once more, we see God’s view of opinions and status through the words and actions of Jesus. Everyone’s opinion is important. So, never sell yourself short.

Jesus blessed Peter’s opinion for the heavenly Father, living in Peter enlightened him.

Do you really believe that you are the dwelling place of the Spirit, who enlightens and guides you? So, never sell yourself short.

Believe in yourself, then, pass this self-knowledge on to your children. This positive self-esteem with the humble belief that the Holy Spirit dwells within and guides you makes your opinions, more than good-enough to share!

Tell me. What do you think about…opinions, equality, justice, war, immigration, marriage, leadership?

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Who do you say Jesus is?
  2. How do you feel when a person asks your opinion?
  3. Why is it important for children to realize their opinion is important?
  4. Why are some opinions unacceptable?
  5. Do you act or react when your opinion is overlooked?
  6. What leaven must you beware of in today’s modern society?
  7. What will you do this week to live actively the insights gained?

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