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Liturgical day: Sunday 21st (A) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 16,13-20): Jesus asked his disciples, «What do people say of the Son of Man? Who do they say I am?». They said, «For some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets». Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, «What do people say of the Son of Man? Who do they say I am?». They said, «For some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets». Jesus asked them, «But you, who do you say I am?». Peter answered, «You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God». Jesus replied, «It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. And now I say to you: You are Peter (or Rock) and on this rock I will build my Church; and never will the powers of death overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven». Then He ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

Illustration: Pau Morales

Today we see what happened centuries ago is the same as in our times: everyone gives his opinion about Jesus Christ, although many have no idea. More or less everyone dares to say something about Jesus. How much nonsense we are able to say when faith is not cultivated or when we drift apart from the Church!

-"Saying just empty words" or "say what others say" is good for nothing. That’s why Jesus asks us, in particular: «But you, who do you say I am?»