Thursday, August 21, 2014


ü  In the first reading God, by the voice of the prophet Isaiah, speaks to a steward from the king’s palace. This man, according from what Isaiah says to him, was unfaithful to his call. God tells him that he will be removed from his position.    
ü  In the Gospel Jesus promises to give to Peter the keys of the Kingdom, in some way He is saying that He will take them from the people of the election and give them to the new people.   
ü  Paul speaks of the wisdom of God, and says that everything is oriented toward Him
FIRST READING   Is 22:19-23 
Ø  Who was  Shebna?
o   A high functionary of the palace of Hezekiah; a steward or treasurer (Is 22:15).    Isaiah reproaches him  because he has built into the rock a tomb for himself, and tells him that he will die in a foreign land    (ls. 22:15-19). He reproaches him because he has done that when his people was in danger.    
Ø  And what do we know about Hezekiah?  
He was King when the Syrian army invaded Judah. This event has been recorded not only in the Bible, but also in a clay prism on which Sennacherib reported the same event. This prism is kept in the Oriental Museum of Chicago.  
The inscription on the prism says: The fear to my majesty terrorized Hezekiah who sent to me as a tribute: 800 pieces of silver, ivory and all sorts of gifts including some women from his palace. This confirms the biblical account found in  2 Reyes 18:13-15: 
Ø  Isaiah gives to this steward a message from God. This man had forgotten that he was only a steward of goods that did not belong to him.   .
Ø  In a kingdom the goods belong not only to the King but to the whole people as well
Ø  This man had forgotten this and had used part of these goods to build for himself a tomb so that his name would be remembered. 
Ø  It is true that his name is remembered in history, but not to praise him, but to learn from him the need to be honest, simple and humble
Ø  None of us in entitle to use our position for our own convenience.  Jesus never did it.
Ø  This positions or ministries are to give us the opportunity to do good and to serve.   
RESPONSORIAL PSALM : Ps 138:  1-2a  2bc-3 6. 8bc
I will give thanks to you O Lord, with all my heart
For you have heard the words of my mouth
In the presence of the angels I will sing your praise
I will worship at your holy  temple.
I will give thanks to your name
Because of your kindness and your truth
When I called you answered me
You built up strength within me.
The Lord is exalted yet the lowly he sees
And the proud he knows from afar
Your kindness, O Lord, endures forever;
Forsake not the work of your hands.
ü  This psalm is a song of  praise to God who never abandons the work of his hand.   
ü  But  brings it to perfection,
ü  God has to be praised by all and  for all.   
ü  What a wonderful thought to acknowledge that creation which does not have a voice, praises God by simply being!  
ü  We need to learn to listen to these voices that sing always and everywhere the praises of the Creator for his wonderful Works.    
GOSPEL  Mt 15:21-28
v  Jesus comes to the region of   Caesarea of Philippi.  
o   When they got there Jesus asked his disciples a question. It seems that he wants to know what people think of him.    
o   Knowing Jesus we realize that this is not what he wants, that this question has another goal.     
o   Jesus is too free about himself to be preoccupied by the opinion of others.   
o   As we continue reading this story we realize that the question leads the apostles to listen to the voice of the Father, who has the real answer about Jesus.   
v   Peter answers the question, Peter, the vehement Peter, has been able to listen in the depth of his heart the silent and at the same time loud voice of the Father.   
v  You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.   
v  Very good answer Peter, but certainly it is not yours it is the Father’s.   
v  And Jesus promises to Peter to make him the rock upon which his church will be built. The church that is the community of the faithful summoned by the love of the Triune God.  
v  He will also give to Peter the “keys” that is to say the stewardship of this Kingdom.  
v  Whatever you bind will be bound, and whatever you unbind will be unbound, in a word I give you my possessions my treasure to be administered by you in behalf of your brothers and sisters, who are also my brothers and sisters.   
v  The gospel message ends with one of those enigmatic prohibitions of Jesus.  
v  Some explain this as telling them, do not say this now but wait until after my resurrection because people are not ready now.
v  This gospel passage is used many times to ask us about who Jesus is?  
v  But this Sunday the emphasis is not on the person of Jesus, but of Peter upon which the Lord Jesus will build his church day by day with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit and ours as well.   
SECOND READING   Rom 11:33-36
*      This Reading is a song of praise full of wonder to the wisdom of God.  
*      Paul acknowledges, probably because he has experienced it in his own life, that the mind of God is unsearchable and his judgments are inscrutable, they are beyond our understanding.    
*      And Paul asks himself    
o   Who knows the mind of God?   
o   Who gives him counsel?   
o   Who has given the Lord anything, that he may be repaid?
o   All has been made by Him and for Him.    
o   To Him the glory for ever. Yes, the glory only to Him.    
 The fight in imminent danger of death lasted 29 days. Looking for a port of refuge against so difficult and fatal incidents in which it seemed we were going to perish at any moment, especially in the port of Sta. Cruz de Tenerife where we first cast anchor, planning to disembark, considering ourselves already saved. But, after 24 hours of casting anchor, a violent storm suddenly arose that threw us out of the port with a tremendous risk of the ship being shattered against the rocks. In this port, our Lord taught me experientially his fatherly care towards his creatures.
I had made many  acts of abandonment and self- offering in the arms of the Divine providence in the midst of so many perils, being certain and most sure  that God is never short of means to help his children in their necessities even in that immense space of waters where we had no other refuge than the violent waves . This faith so alive, that God has put in my soul made me rest in the midst of so many fights. And in this way God willed to show that the one who puts all his hope In his infinite power would never be confounded.  Venerable María Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography  151-152.
On my return to Santiago, the capital city of the diocese, I began a mission that lasted until March 25, when a general Communion service was held. There was an unbelievably large crowd, both for the sermons and for the general Communion service. While I was giving one mission in the cathedral, Father Vilaró was giving another in the church of St. Francis, the next largest church in the city after the cathedral, and on the Sunday following the Feast of the Annunciation I went to give Communion in the church of St. Francis.
I also conducted the Spiritual Exercises for the entire clergy: canons, pastors, beneficiaries, etc. This was my yearly practice as long as I was on the island.  For the greater convenience of all concerned, however, I also had them held in the principal cities of the diocese. Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography  511-512.
CLARET, Antonio María Claret, Autobiografía.
PAGOLA, José A.   El camino abierto por Jesús. PPC 2012
PARIS, María Antonia, Autobiografía
STOCK, Klemens. La Liturgia de la Palabra. Ciclo A (Mateo)  2007



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