Gospel – 6/30/20 – Matthew 16: 21-27
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 Jesus 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.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
Imagine for a moment preparing yourself for some major event; i.e. major surgery, moving away, offering some part of yourself to help someone else which just might cause your death. You think on it. You pray on it. You talk about it and explain why you feel the need to do it.
Your heart is set, you are calm – you. are. ready.
Then someone you know well tells you not to do it. They say it isn’t worth it.
Now, the doubt has a way in. Now, you aren’t as calm about your decision.
What would you do in this case? Give in to the doubt? Or, would you get frustrated that you now have to prepare yourself again for what God is calling.
The fact is, it is worth it. You know because you have prayed about it and talked about and you trust this is what God is calling you to do.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…