September 12, 2021
Jesus’ words to Peter are severe. He needs to prepare Peter for the great trial that is coming. And He wants to show us today how to prepare for our challenges.
- Jesus tries to show the apostles how they can be triumphant with a supernatural response so that they can be strong and faithful during their crisis of the cross in which there will be so much evil.
- One of Peter’s faults and one of our faults is the lack of humility. Peter didn’t have the grace that God was offering him because he wasn’t humble or trusting enough.
- Peter was trying to save Jesus from His suffering. Satan was also trying to convince Jesus not to give His life for Peter and us.
- Jesus is revealing to us that hard moments in life and feelings of abandonment from God are actually great moments and turning points that can actually be the great passage from death to a new life.
- We are to be open to what the Holy Spirit is saying and not reject it and to have humility to listen to the Holy Spirit.
- We are to trust because no matter how bad the distraction, the devastation, the trials and the tribulations are, God’s grace is greater.
When Jesus is telling Peter and the disciples what is going to happen, Peter rebukes Jesus. He is doing it because he loves Jesus. But he doesn’t realize that this battle is the battle against forces of hell, which no human strategy can overcome. Peter has a lack of humility and trust and is going to need Divine Grace to be triumphant in this. So, that’s when Jesus says, “Get behind me Satan.”
To overcome the problems of our world, the first thing is to be open, to be humbly open to what Jesus says and then to trust Jesus, because if we trust, no matter how bad the distraction, the devastation, the trial, the tribulation that we’re facing is, God’s grace is greater.