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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 23, 2020 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 23, 2020 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Matthew 16:13–20

‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ –Matthew 16:13

For Children: Share this short video lesson about Jesus as the Messiah.

For Adults: Jesus was compared with many figures of great stature in the Jewish tradition: Abraham and Moses, John the Baptist or the prophets. The person making such a comparison surely thought to honor Jesus with it. Peter, however, describes Jesus most accurately: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

Only Martha of Bethany makes as insightful a claim when she says: “I have come to believe you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world” (John 11:27). Getting Jesus right means getting beyond the great-man attribute and on to something beyond what this world can produce.

The otherworldly power of Jesus was such that religious leaders of his generation called him Beelzebub or a devil—anything but a man operating under his own authority. Christian author C. S. Lewis perceptively noted that the only rational ways to identify Jesus are Son of God, demon from Hell, or madman. What we can’t logically say was that Jesus was simply a great guy.

What does it mean to you to say: “Jesus is (my) Lord”?

 LET US PRAY… Source of life and light, we thank you for the time to reflect on the path we’ve walked so far. We thank you for your word and your story, given to us as our precious legacy. Support us in our witness to the gospel in every decision we make—with our time, our money, our words, and our relationships. Amen.

While The Gospel at Home takes a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings by Alice Camille.

Image credit: Musei Vaticani/CPP/CIRIC

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