August 30, 2020
We do not always realize the consequence of our decisions in life. But through discerning God’s will for us, we will follow His path of love and not be conformed to the spirit of the age or this world.
- Well intentioned decisions could have bad consequences, such as Peter’s when he rebuked Jesus in the gospel.
- People are searching for someone to help and guide them in making future decisions on financial situations or personal relationships.
- We only need to look to Jesus who knows the future and wants to guide us if we are open to discerning His will.
- In discerning God’s will, we must have humility, trust and obedience and not conform ourselves to the spirit of the day.
- Paul preaches that we are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. We can do this at Mass, during the offering.
How do we make decisions about a future we do not know? Many people are trying to find someone who can tell them what is going to happen. The only one who really knows the future is the Lord Himself. We have a huge opportunity; we have access to the one person who knows what the future is. He wants to guide us, if we are open to discerning His will.
In today’s gospel reading, Matthew 16:21-27, Peter’s response to Jesus was lacking in humility, trust and obedience. This is an example of what can happen, if we are guided only by our human understanding, which causes us not to see God’s plan. As St. Paul said in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”