Pastor's Desk: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:
The Deep End - Why are we Here?
‘Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value’
- Albert Einstein
How easy it is to lose our way. Business people who start out with a great idea can sometimes become overly focused on money and lose sight of their passion. Politicians who start out young and idealistic can become disillusioned or corrupt. Teachers may become overly focused on exam success and forget their enthusiasm for their subject. It is all too easy to get caught up in rules and regulations, and forget to take a step back and ask ourselves: why are we here?
The Church, too, can lose its way. Over its history, we know the Church has not always lived up to its great responsibility to communicate God’s love to the world.
Today’s readings are an interesting mix as we reflect on our Church and its mission. The Gospel passage is often seen as a reference to the origins of the Church and the papacy, as Jesus hands Peter ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. But look what Jesus asks him just before this: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Everything we do as Church should come back to this question - who do we say that Jesus is?
Lest we get too sure of ourselves, the Second Reading reminds us: ‘Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?… All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him’. Everything comes from God, and everything we do should be for God.
‘The Church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. Ministers of the Church must be ministers of mercy above all.’
- Pope Francis