Scripture reading for Aug. 21, 2011

Matthew 16:13-20
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 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.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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Questions

In my early thoughts on this passage I’m drawn to the words here about “the keys of the kingdom.” In some traditions these “keys” are those that unlock the shackles of sin, of all wrongdoing and error. How are we released from wrongdoing, and more close to my own thoughts, how do we release others from the ways they have hurt us?

When we hold on to our grudges, who really suffers?

How can we leverage our faith to help us let go and move on?

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Sartain, Executive Minister

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One Response to Scripture reading for Aug. 21, 2011

  1. Joan Smiley says:

    How do we release others from the ways they have hurt us?
    I have found it helpful to realize that the other probably was acting more for her/his own benefit, rather than to intend harm to me or another.

    When we hold on to our grudges, who really suffers?
    We do. Holding grudges tends to limit our ability to participate in present and future relations
    with the other who is perceived to have wronged us.
    .
    How can we leverage our faith to help us let go and move on?
    I don’t understand what it means to leverage one’s faith.

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