22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)
Last Sunday we read in the gospel of how Peter was the Rock upon which Jesus builds the Church. In this Sunday’s gospel, just a few verses later, Jesus rebukes Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” What happened? Why does Jesus suddenly have such a different attitude about Peter? In truth, Jesus hasn’t changed His mind about Peter. Peter remains the Rock upon which the Church is founded. It is Peter who, in this moment, has changed his mind in that he is no longer thinking like God thinks.
God has a way of shattering our preconceptions. He’s not bound by our expectations. He doesn’t operate according to our rules. As C. S. Lewis said of Him (under the guise of Aslan) in The Chronicles of Narnia, “He’s not a tame lion.”
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