Gospel reading for Sunday, September 16, 2012
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus admonishes Peter for asserting his own will that Jesus not suffer and die. Jesus doesn’t hold back when He says, “Get behind me Satan.” Wow! If I were Peter, I would have felt so humbled – so small in that moment.
Even though Jesus knew that He was going to suffer unspeakable pain in order to save us, He still preferred the Father’s Will to His own perfect human nature that must have wanted to escape the torture awaiting Him. That is how great His love and concern for us – completely selfless! In His death, He modeled for us perfect humanity – to be able to put the needs and well-being of others before oneself – even unto death.
We are all on a spiritual journey – How do we know when we have reached spiritual maturity? We, of course, cannot say that “we have arrived” until we make it to heaven. Spiritual maturity, however, comes in actually preferring and longing for God’s Will above our own – recognizing and seeking God’s Will in all things. Jesus modeled this for us so perfectly.
Can we actually say that we trust God in all matters of life? Do we desire His Will and Blessing in all things, even if it means suffering for the sake of the Kingdom? We want our brothers and sisters in the world to be saved in the end, but are we willing to be inconvenienced? Are we willing to give up something to help this to happen?
We must be willing to carry our own crosses that God has permitted in our lives (with His help and grace, of course!) We can be sure that we who suffer with Him, will surely rise as He did. What God has prepared for those who know Him, love Him and serve Him is unfathomable. Let us hold onto that with great joy!!