"Get behind me, Satan!"

Last week we heard in our Gospel reading about Peter’s spontaneous profession of faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This was followed by Christ’s great mandate to Peter and his successors, “Upon this rock I will build my Church.” And yet here we are with the immediately following text where Jesus calls Peter a stumbling block and says, “Get behind me Satan” What has happened?

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 31, 2014 (22A)

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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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First Reading
Book of the prophet Jeremiah, Chapter 20, Verses 7-9

1. Jeremiah couldn’t ignore the call to prophecy even though it brought him much suffering. Who today speaks out about injustice and is met with mockery? What social or economic structure of oppression would you like to transform so badly that you can’t keep quiet about it?

2. Would your first inclination be to avoid suffering if possible? Is it humanly possible to avoid all suffering? What are some good “by-products” of suffering?

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 63: 2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

1. Our psalmist says his flesh pines and his soul thirsts for God. Have you also experienced a longing for God that is akin to being lifeless and without water? Explain.

2. The psalm is written by a man who truly loves the Lord, and yet even our psalmist experiences periods of separation from God. Do you believe that God reaches out even to those who do not believe in Him, and that their souls too are thirsting for the Lord? Give an example.

Second Reading

Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, Chapter 12, Verses 1-2

1. “For who has known the mind of the Lord?” How good are you at second-guessing God? Can you always figure out ahead of time where God is leading you, or what God is doing in your life?

2. Look at at the rear-view mirror at the highway of your life. Can you see where God was on the road with you?

According to Matthew, Chapter 16, Verses 21-27

1. “Lose your life for my sake and find it” What does Jesus mean when he says you will “find” your life? How does the “finding” apply to this life as well as the next?

2. You cannot take your money and possessions with you when you die. If you “lose your life” in love for others, does that give you something to take with you? Is it the love in your heart that goes with you when you die?

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1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont12:36 PM

    “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.”

    This prayer of longing was written at a time when
    David was in the desert, a place where physical
    thirst was all around him and the earth was
    parched, lifeless and without water.
    But David is writing also about a spiritual thirst
    that overwhelms him and reminds him
    of the emptiness of life without God.

    David meditates on those happier moments when
    he was close to the Lord, when his soul
    was satisfied as with the riches of a banquet,
    and when he took shelter in the shadow of
    the wings of God.

    We too go through times of spiritual deprivation
    when we walk away from God and indulge in
    sinful practices that separate us from God.
    At those times, like a penitent sinner, we
    experience our deepest longing for the love of
    the Lord and we seek out his loving embrace.
    As our psalmist says, at times like that our soul
    clings fast to the Lord, we bless him, we glorify him,
    we praise him.