Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 28, A.D. 2005
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
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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