Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
The image of a key indicating authority is prevalent in today’s Scripture readings from the Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel from the evangelist St. Matthew. Through Isaiah, God chooses Eliakim to be the new authority of the Jerusalem palace, putting the key of the House of David upon his shoulder. In the Gospel, Jesus proclaims: And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. Jesus then gives Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Both men accept God’s call as well as the responsibility that follows. We, as faithful stewards, are commissioned at Baptism to work in the Lord’s vineyard — to advance His Kingdom through our God-given gifts. St. Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Roman community that these blessings are all from God. Are our hearts open and ready to the challenge of using these gifts to answer His call? We should pray daily, not only to discern our own vocation in life, but also for an increase in commitment to vocations of married life, the priesthood, consecrated life, the permanent diaconate, and all other ministries to the Church.