“I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom …
“This is evidence of the just judgment of God, so that you may be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling …”
Both of the readings for Mass today have to do with a person that is given keys, and a position of authority to open and close, or bind and loose. The prophet Isaiah said that God gave Eliakim the key to the House of David. Then in the gospel reading today, Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus tells us in the gospel today, that God is supposed to be the most important person in our life: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”
The readings for Mass today are very beautiful, in spite of some of the negative connotations. There are two verses in the first reading from the prophet Ezekiel, that are especially beautiful, “… my sheep were scattered over the whole earth, with no one to look after them or to search for them. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep.”