Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/04

You are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things

Thursday the 18th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel Matthew 16:13-23

You are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things (Verse 23)

Jesus does not shy away from plainly speaking that Satan has spoken through Peter, even if Peter’s words sounded both deliberate and compassionate.  The tempter tries to sway us by any means possible.  The temptation does not only aim at the obvious major sins, but to steer away from accomplishing the will of God.  Peter, in his human weakness, is susceptible to this temptation.  He fears suffering.  This is an important opening for the tempter.  We see this even with Jesus as He agonizes over the will of God in the garden of Gethsemane.  “Thy will be done” was His prayer to His heavenly father.

You are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things

We are very weak.  Peter is weak, even though he has the privilege to live in the immediate presence of Christ.  Satan still has access to him.  Peter did not have the ability to see through the tactics of the tempter and to withstand this temptation.  It is likely that this life, in the immediate presence of Jesus intensifies his weakness, his vulnerability.  The closer you are to God, the more Satan will try to influence you. Therefore it becomes clear that Jesus allows all this to happen so that Peter can be healed and can grow.

You are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things

To stand at the side of God and not do what other people want us to do can make us very lonely at times.  Others may say things like: ”Your misery is your own fault.  Why do you take such extreme viewpoints?  Could you not be a little more main stream?  What you are saying does not fit with today’s times.” Maybe we can recognize that even today Satan often speaks through the opinion of people, who want to deter us from doing the will of God so that we can be on our guard.

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