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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 28, A.D. 2005

Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Romans 12:1-2
Matthew 16:21-27

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Placing Oneıs Will Before Godıs Befalls Human Nature; Embracing the Cross Ascents to Divine Nature (see Mt 16:21-27)

Peterıs reactive and protective response to Jesus' revelation that He Will sacrificially suffer and rise from the dead, actually imposes Peterıs personal will before Godıs will. Jesus immediately checks that sentiment, sourcing it from Satan, the evil tempter.

Intending neither arrogance nor malice, one might consider Peterıs reaction a reflection of the beloved protection He desires for his Lord. Truly, any one of us could voice this desire in our professed love for Him.

Jesusı instructs that desiring what brings Life and what is of imminent value, is Truth. The Truth, He reveals, is that His Passion, Suffering and Death redeem all souls from the death of sin to the life of holiness. All is gloriously magnified in His resurrection. This Truth continues, Jesus indicates in reply to Peter, "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."

O Lord, grace us to perpetually recall that our fallen human nature shrinks from discomfort, suffering, and inconvenience. When we are tempted to deny redemptive suffering, help us instead to ask for Godıs will to be done. Help us embrace tenderly, that which unites us to Your redemptive suffering, so we may achieve the Good which you intend. Let us see assuredly, that 'self-denialı, 'self-sacrificeı, and 'obedience to the will of Godı contradicts human nature, but humbly elevates us to the supernatural sharing of our victorious cross, as we follow You. Amen.

- Mary Williams

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