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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time ‘a’

Recently, we heard Jesus praising Peter for acknowledging Him as the Son of God. Today Jesus is scolding Peter for not understanding His destiny. Jesus uses very strong words: “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” I always thought that Jesus was calling Peter – Satan, but when I think about this more and more, I believe that Jesus was speaking directly to the evil one, who tempted Peter and made him think selfishly. Just like Peter, we are tempted very often. Satan wants us to think and to act not according to God’s plan but according to our selfish desires. Whenever we get tempted like that, we need to be very strong and precise. Never get into a dialogue with the tempter but simply say -- get behind me, Satan!

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