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Weekly Bulletin 27th August 2023

Today is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. St. Peter was an unlikely candidate to lead a religious revolution. When Jesus called this fisherman his life changed dramatically and irrevocably. He was the most prominent of Jesus followers and later became leader of the Church. He was born in Bethsaida on the north coast of the Sea of Galilee.  He was in partnership with his brother Andrew and the brothers James and John and their father Zebedee in the fishing business. Jesus seems to have made Peter’s house and home a centre for his teaching and healing. Remember Jesus even cured his mother-in- law. Peter is a mixture of doubt and faith. In today’s Gospel  (Matthew 16:13-20) we find Jesus and his disciples at the Jordan river. Jesus asked the question about who people thought he was, Peter replied that he was the Christ – the anointed. And the Lord said, You are Peter (Petros = Greek rock) and on this rock (petra = Greek) I will build my church!” Jesus uses a play on his name to link him to the very foundation of the Church. Jesus gives Peter the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” in today’s Gospel (Matthew 16:13-20). This image of “handing over the keys” is drawn from today’s first reading (Isaiah 22:19-23). The prophet Isaiah dismisses Shebna from office and replaces him with Eliakim. Eliakim is given the “key of the house of David” and has power to open and shut the gates. Peter is invested as the master of the household and given the power to “bind and loose” Later in Matthew’s Gospel the “binding/loosing” authority bestowed here personally upon Peter is communicated to members of the Church more generally. (See Matthew 18:18). However Peter is the “rock” of this community. Jesus assures Peter that the rulings he gives on earth will have divine ratification – just as Eliakim could be confident that his rulings and directives would have the backing of the earthly Davidic King. The story of Peter’s denial of Jesus in the house of the High Priest is well known.  Peter knew his weakness. He knew he did wrong. But he did not just wallow in it. He moved on. He was later to write to his friends about his mistakes when he told them in his first letter Simply reverence the Lord Jesus in your heart – and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope you have” (1 Peter 3:15) Peter was later to receive the forgiveness of Christ after the resurrection by the side of a charcoal fire at the lakeside of Galilee. Three times he was asked the question by Jesus “Do you love me?” (John 21:15).And he is commissioned to be pastor of the Lord’s flock. He was martyred in the city of Rome …hung upside down. He journeyed from being a Galilean fisherman to confessor, to being a denier, to being a proclaimer, to being a missionary, to being a bishop and finally ending up a martyr. 

Feasts of the Week: Monday: St. Augustine (354-430). His theological influence has been most significant in the Church, especially on the understanding of God’s grace. Tuesday: The Passion of St. John the Baptist. He was found worthy of the martyr’s death, his last and greatest act of witness to Christ. Thursday: St. Aidan of Lindisfarne: Was invited by King Oswald to reconvert his people. With the aid of this king as an interpreter he was very successful in his mission. He died in 651. Friday: Today is the beginning of days of prayer for the “Care of Creation”. Pope Francis chose the theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow,” inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream”

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Recently Deceased

John Barron, Kilmacormick, Enniskillen

Teresa Carney, Garrison & Graan Abbey Nursing Home

Anniversaries

Joe Taylor, Derrin Rd, Enniskillen

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Paddy Adams, Kellys Cottages, Enniskillen

Mary Mc Aloon, Station Road, Letterbreen

Lee Whitley, Moyletra Gardens, Enniskillen (1st Anniversary)

Patrick & Kathleen Droogan, Tempo

Jim Gallagher, Belfast formerly Derrylin

May & Patrick James Duffy, Aughoo, Belcoo

Joe Maguire, Aughoo, Belcoo

Mary Clare Campbell, Darkley, Armagh

Kathleen & Hugh O’Kane, Enniskillen

Michael Mc Donald, Chicago & Mossfield

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Pat, Mary Jane & Pat Joe Mc Aloon, Mullaghdun

Tom & Annie Keenan, Garrison

Frank & Mary Galligan, Toura, Garrison

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N. Ireland.

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