Daily Homily 2014-08-07

Revelation and the Cross

One of the Saints the Church remembers today is Mary of the Cross Mackillop. She was born 15 January 1842 and died 08 August 1909. She is the first and only Australian to be recognized  as a Saint by the Catholic Church. Through her witness she brought the message of God's love to Australia and to the world often at the cost of great personal suffering. In todays Gospel Jesus reminds Peter and us that revelation always leads to the Cross. Peter did not want to accept this and we often struggle to accept the message of the Cross. Pope Francis also reminds us that the Cross also leads to the Resurrection.  "Oh, our Jesus lead us from the Cross to the Resurrection and teach us that evil will not have the last word, but love , mercy and forgiveness." 

 

Matthew 16:13-23

13 And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?

14 But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?

16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

20 Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

21 From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.

22 And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord, be it far from thee, this shall not be unto thee.

23 Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.

 

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Crucifixion, Antony van Dyck, 1622

Crucifixion, Antony van Dyck, 1622