Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 6, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 6, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"From that time Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things
from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter
took him and began to rebuke him, saying, 'God forbid,
Lord! This shall never happen to you.' But Jesus
turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan!
You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the
side of God, but of people.'"
What has happened? In the preceding verses, Peter
has made a great statement of faith, and Jesus
promises to build his church with Peter. Now,
just minutes later, Jesus confuses Peter and the
other disciples. To their dismay, he begins
teaching them that he must suffer and be killed
by their religious leaders. Impulsively Peter
takes Jesus aside and rebukes him for saying such
negative and frightening things.
Jesus instantly turns to Peter and tells him to back
off. He calls Peter a "stumbling block" and "Satan."
He chastises Peter for having in mind the things of
people instead of the things of God. How confusing
this must have been for poor Peter. Elevated by
profound spiritual insight one moment and severely
rebuked by Jesus with the next breath.
Are we experiencing a spiritual stumbling block like
Peter? What is keeping us from having God's point
of view and perspective? What is Jesus saying to
us through this story?
God, how are we like Peter? What are the spiritual
stumbling blocks in our lives? Amen.
Grace and peace,
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