Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings

IS 22:19-23
ROM 11: 33-36
MT 16:13-20

Reflection

I like to plan. I have been planning the fall semester all summer, in regards to meetings, work, visiting home, and other events. Sometimes when I get really eager, I fill in some of my events for next spring. I know it probably seems a little obsessive, but I feel that as a college student, making lists and being organized is the best way to get things done on time. It also gives me the illusion that I have control over my life. With that being said, I have hesitated in the past fully allowing myself to trust God.
 
It’s such a strange desire to want to be in control of our lives when we already have God taking care of it. In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples who the son of man is. Simon Peter is blessed because he responds with, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Simon Peter knew all that Jesus was. I think being able to fully understand who God is and all He wants for us should explain why He doesn’t want us to be fully in control.
 
When I think about God’s love for us, I am always left in awe. So why can’t I apply these emotions when He puts something unexpected in my life? I think I can control my life because I write everything down, but it only goes so far which is until my plans divert from what God wants. A phrase that gets me through these moments is “Let go and let God.” Being resilient is more than a skill, it’s having faith and being okay with sudden changes. “If you want to hear God laugh, then tell him you have a plan” is another quote that helps me trust and remind myself that it's not always up to me.
 
Even though God has so many wonderful moments in store for us, however, we are still responsible for our own actions. Jesus grants all authority to Simon Peter, and I’ve learned with more power comes much more responsibility. Among leadership, I have learned that it is not a title that you hold nor the power that comes with it, but it is guiding others to find their best and truest self.
 
Everyone at USD is a leader in a different capacity, and it’s so inspiring to see this in so many of my peers, empowering one another and helping each other grow. Truly, we are in fact servant-leaders, being instruments of God by leading and accompanying those around us growing in compassion, community, and making it a world that reflects that.
 
Lissette Vasquez, ‘18