August 8, 2019
(St. Dominic, Priest)
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Mt_16:13-23
Oh how often we think as human beings, beloved! We make comparisons, judgments of others, bemoan our challenges and dislikes and are slow in our faith in Jesus. Peter didn’t want to see an end to such a good thing as having Jesus with them. But he couldn’t imagine the immensity of good that would come from the Resurrection of Jesus. He couldn’t see the heavenly side, the bigger picture. He didn’t understand the meaning of Jesus being raised on the third day, as He plainly professed to them. Sometimes, we just have to reflect before we act. Sometimes we just have to pray a little more before we do. And sometimes we just have to let go of our thinking that we have control (over anything)! Get behind me Satan!
And let Jesus BE our lives.
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