Saint for the day: Gilbert of Sempringham (c. 1083 – 1189)
Genesis 9:1-13 – Psalm 102 – Mark 8:27-33
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” (Today’s Alleluia verse before hearing the Holy Gospel.)
In today’s Gospel Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me, you Satan …” Indicateing that Peter is speaking like Satan – the Father of Lies. What kind of lies do we try to fix on Jesus? In the Genesis story God has saved Noah & his clan but it won’t be long before they forget the rainbow and begin to accuse God of lying to them, “Why did you bring us out to this deserted place with this wretched bread?” Jesus says, “I am the Bread of life …” But we don’t want that kind of bread. We want our own image of Messiah. We need to start thinking more like God and less according to our finite ways. So often we turn the tables and make our anthem, “God, made in our image.” This forces us back to the original encounter with Satan in which we are promised the lie of lies “… You will become like Gods…” True, we will ‘become like God’ but not by a simple act or bite of this or that passing fancy. But, as Jesus says, “through the cross.” NO! We don’t want that! No! No God of mine, made in my image needs to go through suffering. We all yearn for instantaneous redemption. “Just take a bite…”
How often do I think more like Satan and not like God? Redemption comes through perfect love. The kind that lays down a life in order to gain it. Take a bite you die. Lay down your life and you live forever! Amen!