6th Week of Ordinary Time (21st February, 2019)
First Reading: Gen 9:1-13
Gospel: Mk 8:27-33
Jesus asks his disciples “who do the people say that I am?” they reply, some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and some, one of the prophets. Jesus asks again, ‘and who do you say that I am’ then Simon Peter replies “you are the Christ” Jesus strictly warns them not to tell this to anyone.
Jesus then taught them about the suffering and torture the Son of man would have to undergo and then get killed later, on the third day HE would rise again.
Hearing this, Peter starts to protest against this. In response Jesus said “Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but men.”
In most situations we are much like Peter in our reactions. We all know that what God does to us is for our good. But often our response is against the will of God.
Because we can only think like a human being.
When my life partner suggests certain things, which will be better for the family in the long run, my response most of the time is to find fault with that. May be the way she spoke or the comparisons that she would have made. Failing to understand that it is God’s wisdom that came from her.
This can happen the other way also.
As we reflect and ponder today, let’s pray that we start our journey in thinking and doing the way that God would have done. Amen.