READING OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers:
the day I took them by the hand
to lead them forth from the land of Egypt;
for they broke my covenant,
and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.
But this is the covenant that I will make
with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
and he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Thursday of 18th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear People of God,
In today’s Gospel, God le us know that Peter prevented Jesus from going to Jerusalem to suffer and die, which is Satan’s thought. God also asked each person the same question: “And you, who do you say that I am?”
Every person has a soul that has to face God, don’t need wait for the moment He calls us out of this world, but right now, man also has to face before God about his choices. Whoever chooses God as Savior who has the power and strength to save his soul, follow Jesus Christ, glorify and adore him, do all things according to His Word, will obtain Eternal Life with God the Father in Heaven. To reach this goal that is not done by human’s own strength, but human need the grace and spiritual action of the Holy Spirit, which enlightens their mind and heart so that man can recognize God as his loving Father, the Savior who came down to earth to save people from Satan’s captivity.
The Word of God today also teaches people through the image of Peter who prevented Jesus from going to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise again to save people. Did Peter’s obstruction come from God’s will? The anwser is no! It was Satan that entered Peter to stand in the way of Jesus’ suffering and death. Because of being a mortal, so Peter thought and acted in a human way to dissuade God, which didn’t want Jesus to die. The Lord rebuked Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! For your thoughts are not the thoughts of God, but the thoughts of men.” Jesus let everyone know that it was Satan’s idea to prevent His disciples from walking the path of suffering.
The Word of God also warns everyone: whoever wants to follow God must also suffer, be persecuted, humiliated, condemned and carry their cross together to Calvary every day with God to defeat Satan. But if anyone chooses to follow the ways of the world to seek glory, riches, fame and pleasure in this life, which is not the path Jesus walked.
Therefore, the Word of God today invites His disciples:
– Beware of Satan’s temptations
– Discern: What is the Will of God for each person carrying the cross to walk on the path to follow Him, what is the intention of Satan who is tempting people to follow the path of the world: money, power and fame.
– Ask for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide us on the way of the cross that Jesus walked.
Thanks be to God. Amen.