Last Sunday, Jesus was praising Peter for recognizing who Christ truly is. But this week, in continuation with the same passage, Jesus called Peter "Satan"! Why this sudden change? Peter was so close to understanding the true nature of Jesus' mission on earth, but it came crashing down. Peter denied (a common theme with him) Jesus' eventual death. But Jesus knew what must happen and what he would suffer for our sake.
Jesus reveals the importance of following God's will. Peter tried to deny God's will, but Jesus quickly rebuked him. But notice, Jesus doesn't revoke the great gift he gave Peter in last week's gospel. Peter messes up time and time again but is still given the gift of the Church to shepherd. It gives us hope that Peter, the rock upon whom our church is built, made mistakes. We don't have to be perfect, but we should be open to God's will in our lives.
This week let us reflect on God's will in our own lives. Are we willing to accept God's will, even (and especially) if it seems difficult?
On quick note, we are very thankful for all of the volunteers who have helped to clean the church after each mass. Now that we have more capacity and more parishioners returning to mass each week, the task is more necessary thank ever. We are asking for additional volunteer help to accomplish this. Anyone interested should stay after mass. We will also be bringing back the 12:30pm mass beginning on Sept. 6 and will need help cleaning after that mass as well. By working together the cleaning will go quickly and easily. We can also ensure the safety of all our parishioners and visitors so that our worship of God may be worry-free.
Sincerely in Christ,
The Clergy & Staff of Blessed Sacrament