Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh humanity...

"After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."" ~ Matthew 17:1-4

Immediately preceding the Transfiguration, Christ asks the disciples who he is, and when they tell Him that he is the Messiah.

"Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah. 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 him 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. ~Matthew 16: 21-24

So Peter, in his infinite humanity, could not understand the Mission of Christ yet. Peter looked at Jesus as his leader, and Messiah, but did not want to see the Messiah be put to death or suffer in any way. He seems to be very compassionate in this regard. But, as Jesus says to Peter, “You think as human beings do” and this is true.

Peter’s view is distorted when it comes to the mission of Jesus the Christ. God’s will is above the will of man, and although Peter wants to protect Christ because He is their beloved leader, he cannot. Peter fails to comprehend this. He is flawed in the most common area; Pride.

Pride can be a blinding, menacing, painful experience. Peter has this problem, as most all of us do.

In the Transfiguration account, Peter says “Lord it is good to be here..." Peter says this with the mindset of, it is better to be here than at Calvary. He is again thinking as we humans do, and not as God does. For the umpteenth time Peter is not acting in the way of God's will.

This is why Christ was so upset with him and said "Get behind me Satan!" Peter's words are a temptation to Jesus. And Jesus thinks as His Heavenly Father thinks, like God. He knew what it was that He needed to do.

But then something curious happens at the end of Chapter 16 in Matthew's Gospel; Peter is given the Keys. He man who unknowingly tempted our Lord is given the Keys. How fitting; the one among us who is so fully human, so completely weak, is chosen as head among the Apostles.

I think that this bodes well for humanity. We see Peter, who screwed up at every turn, chosen as head of the Apostles. So if Peter can be appointed by Jesus as head of the Apostles, and us who are as fully human as Peter, we too are chosen to be leaders. Even in our weakness are we strong. We are strong because our faith is firmly rooted in Christ.

With our faith firmly rooted in Christ, we can achieve many goals. The most important of which is heaven. If we do all the good works that we can thing of in our life and fail to get ourselves to heaven, it is in vain. We must do everything, every act, word, thought and anything else for the Glory of God and His Kingdom.

My brothers and sisters, we must attain for ourselves eternal life, with God in Heaven. We must take the first steps in doing this to better ourselves and our relationship with Christ so that we can lead those around us to follow our lead and to help them develop their own relationship with Christ. We are evangelists. Go out and make disciples of all the nations

God is so good!

P.S. Happy Feast of St. Joseph! 

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