Mother Church invites us to celebrate Sunday, August 24, 2014 as the twenty first Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A. In the entrance antiphon we pray: “Listen, Lord, and answer me. Save your servant who trusts in you. I call to you all day long, and have mercy on me, O Lord.” The main theme of this day’s Mass is the mission Christ entrusts to Peter and the apostles, that of preaching the Gospel to the four corners of the world. Even though Peter is weak, Christ still makes him the head of his Church – the first Pope ever -- and charges him and his fellow apostles to go out and preach the good news of his salvation to the world. Their task is to gather together the universal Church. In the first reading, from the prophecy of Isaiah, the prophet condemns the rulers of the southern kingdom of Judah for their disobedience of God’s will when they seek an alliance with Egypt against Assyria, thus contravening Isaiah’s divinely inspired advice. For this, the king’s chief adviser, Shebna, is replaced by Eliakim on whose shoulder the key of the house of David is placed; an act reminiscent of what Jesus does to Peter in the Gospel of this day. Saint Paul, in his letter to the Romans in the second reading, sings a hymn of praise to God, creator of everything, who is compassionate and merciful to everyone. He is grateful to be called the apostle of Christ. Let us pray in the course of this Eucharist for the grace to recognize Christ for who he really is: the Messiah, Son of the living God.