Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 22: 19-23
22 I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.
We praise and thank God for saving us through his son Lord Jesus Christ. We know that what he opens, no one can shut and what he closes no one can open. We fix our gaze on him and will not fear the raging storms that surround us. In Jesus’ name.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 138: 1-3, 6, 8
1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Second Reading: Romans 11: 33-36
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
We must remember to thank God and give him the glory for everything. Had it not been God’s mercy on the work of our hands; we would never succeed. Hence, we praise and thank our Lord God all the time!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Gospel: Matthew 16: 13-20
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Let us remember today that whatever we do in private though unseen in public, affects every one of us. We may realize the impact much later. We ask St. Peter to pray for us so that we may be open to God’s word more each day.