HOMILY: THE POWER OF KEYS BY FR. ISAAC A. MENSAH

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

First Reading– Isaiah 22:19-23
Second Reading_ Romans 11:33-36
Responsorial Psalm– Psalm 138
Gospel– Matthew 16:13-20

HomilyThe Power Of Keys

Introduction

There is nothing more frustrating than looking for lost keys or an item. You were sure you left the keys right there on the counter, and now they are nowhere to be found. Where could they be? Misplacing objects is an everyday occurrence, but finding them can be like going on a treasure hunt without a map….

There’s a saying that “he who owns the keys owns the house”. If there is one thing that features most in the readings of today, then it is the key

Explanation of the Text

In our first reading, Shebna ( whose name means “tender youth or to grow”), a high officer in the royal court of the king has been demoted and in his place Eliakim ( whose name means “God rises”) has been promoted to occupy that position. The crime of Shebna is that “he has hewed for himself a sepulchre in the rock” cf Is 22:16. Meaning he was securing an inheritance ( something that Abraham did in Genesis 23)…… But it is instructive to note that Shebna himself was a “foreigner” but because he had risen to the highest level at the royal court he exalted himself above everyone simply because “he had the keys”- the symbol of authority….

…. Sometimes we give our keys to the wrong persons to have access in our lives and privacies. And they sometimes try to usurp what belongs to us. Not everyone is supposed to be given “that key” in your life…..

Be careful who you confide in and who hears your story, some can’t wait to use it against you in the future….

In our gospel reading Peter is given the keys after making that magnificent revelation nay confession about Jesus as being the Son of God….. Jesus knew Peter and He knew him too well that not distant future Peter will betray Him yet He went ahead to hand him the keys…….

Who holds the keys of your life?…….

Remember whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Shalom and Have A Wonderful Sunday

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