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Isabella McCafferty

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August 21, 2020



21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Take a moment to still yourself. Take a deep breath and ask God for a renewed sense of presence with you in this moment.

Opening Prayer

O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Isaiah 22:19-23

I place the key of the House of David on my servant’s shoulder

Psalm 137:1-3,6,8

Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

Romans 11:33-36

All that exists comes from him; all is by him and from him. 


Matthew 16:13-20

You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

This section is designed to be adapted depending on how you are gathering to pray. There are links to external resources for children and young people. There is also a reflection which can be used by individuals or adapted to be used in groups.

Closing Prayer

Lord, sometimes it feels as though I am drifting through life, unsure of my identity. Remind me that your son Jesus too had to make the journey to being himself.
I ask for you to send me humble companions, like Simon Peter was for Jesus, who will me as see my authentic self.
May we all live out our true identity, as your daughters and sons,
anointed by you for a particular mission in the world.

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