Living Stones

– Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary time –

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” [Matthew 16:19]

These extraordinary words seem to suggest that power has been given to a human being that even heaven respects. Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, two great apostles on which the Church is built. Tonight in the Cathedral of St Stephen, four young men will be ordained priests. They will very consciously follow in the footsteps of Peter and Paul as they are set apart for priestly ministry.

In many ways we can sum up the ministry of Jesus in this task of binding and loosing. Jesus bound up the wounds of the broken, freeing all who were trapped in darkness and sin. Through baptism we share in this task! And we are powerful! By our words and actions we can help bind the broken and free the fearful. Peter and Paul are foundational, however, we too are living stones who contribute to the building up of the temple in which the community of disciples grows and is nourished. Tonight as we call down the Spirit on Jack, Luke, Francis and William let us call down the Spirit upon the entire People of God. And as we rejoice with these young men and encourage them in their priestly vocation, let us rejoice in our own vocation and encourage one another so that the kingdom heaven will be known on earth as it is in heaven.

by Kari Hatherell

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