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Gospel Reflection for 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – September 3rd 2017
Poor Peter – called ‘Satan’. Jesus can be quite dramatic. The tempter in his life was always called ‘Satan’, as in the temptations in the desert and in the garden at Gethsemane. When Peter thinks in only human ways, he loses faith that what Jesus does to follow his call in life is from God. Last week he was called a ‘rock;’ because he united himself with the will of God for Jesus. When he thinks only in a in human way, he is the opposite.
We might call Satan by other names, but this is the reality we need to address when we are drawn away from the way of Jesus. We can do this in our own selfishness and for each other. A young person following a good call to give life or some of life to God in permanent or part-time commitment will meet opposition. When we make decisions for integrity in our lives, for honesty and for generosity we will often meet similar opposition. The culture today can be quite narcissistic, where we place our own wants and desires above the desires of others, no matter what our age.
Jesus asserts that in following him we find the fullest meaning of life, even if we lose some of our desires on the way, or have to go against some of the prevailing culture. In losing our lives with him, we find the fullest happiness.
Lord, may your kingdom come among us
Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger