Thursday, August 07, 2008

When Peter Was Satan

Today's Gospel is the famous "Get behind me, Satan" passage, where Jesus delivers a real zinger to Peter. Why? Because Peter was "thinking not as God thinks, but as human beings do." And this right after Peter had been praised for what the Father had revealed to him about Jesus! Turns out, Peter had "rebuked" Jesus for predicting his suffering and death. Peter couldn't fathom that God might actually allow the righteous to suffer. It is almost as if Peter was scolding Jesus, saying "Hey, where's your faith?!"

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