Dear Lord, open our minds and hearts to Your loving voice
21st Week in Ordinary Time (B) : Sunday 22nd August 2021
Josh 24:1-2,15-17,18; Ps. 33:2-3,16-17,
18-19,20-21,22-23; Eph. 5:21-32;
Jn. 6:60-69 (Ps Wk I)
Peter’s ‘Master, to whom shall we go?’ is one of the great questions in the Bible. It came from the mouth of a man who had found the meaning of life. He would hold on to that meaning to the end despite a grievous lapse which he repented of in a very short time.
Peter found the meaning of life in Jesus. In Jesus were all the qualities that Peter admired in some of the men he knew and many more. Jesus worked, he was helpful, and he enjoyed the companionship. Above all, he could be relied on and trusted. He brought eternal life to those who had the heart to make their own the words he uttered.
In an early staging of the Gospel drama, as it were, we find another noble choice. Joshua asks the people of Israel if they are willing to serve “the Lord” their answer is a resounding “Yes”.
There is no possibility that we will be faced with such dramatic questions as Peter and the people of Israel faced. Undoubtedly, however, the less dramatic choices we face, we can add up to an equally important “Yes” with God’s grace.
Dear Lord, open our minds and hearts to Your loving voice.