21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year: A)
Date: Sunday, August 27th, 2023, 11:00
Old Testament: Ex. 1:8-2:10
Exodus 1:8-2 (NIV)
1If the LORD had not been on our side- let Israel say-
2if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,
3when their anger flared against us, they would have swallowed us alive;
4the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us,
5the raging waters would have swept us away.
6Praise be to the LORD, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalms 124 (NIV)
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:1-8 (NIV)
13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
14They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
15"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
20Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
Matthew 16:13-20 (NIV)