「Spiritual Talk」Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. Anthony Ho

Date: 2020-08-22
Audio Segment Types: Spiritual Talk
Languages: Cantonese

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This weekend, the Church celebrates the Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time and today’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 16:13-20. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said that the early Church had three models of governance to choose from: (1) a democracy where decisions are made through voting, (2) an aristocracy where decisions are made by an exclusive group of individuals, or (3) a theocracy where decisions are made by God. In the Gospel reading, Jesus asked the crowds their opinion, “Who do you say that I am?” They respond that He is one of the Old Testament prophets, showing how often human opinions can contradict one another and still miss Jesus’ true identity. The Church cannot be built on the shaky foundation of democracy. Jesus chose twelve Apostles and some think He favoured an aristocracy but when He asked them, “Who do you say that I am?”, they stayed silent, perhaps still thinking He would be a worldly conqueror Messiah. Only Peter stepped out and gave the correct answer, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus revealed that no man could arrive at such a divine truth on his own abilities and it was God Himself who had revealed this to Peter. He named Peter, or “Rock”, and established His Church on this Rock. God continues to protect His Church through Peter’s successors, especially during times of faithlessness and moral problems, when the Pope can pronounce infallible teachings. Thus, the Church is governed through theocracy and God Himself guides His people to the Truth and the Life through the Pope and the Church.