Today's gospel passage is shocking.
This Jesus, who last Sunday called Peter "the rock", now calls him "Satan".
When Jesus foretold His suffering on Golgotha in conversation with Peter, he objected, "this must never happen to you".
Humanly speaking, from the apostles view, it was true. From these words, one can sense among others the message that Jesus was famous, no one equal to Him, and because of Him, the apostles became popular and appreciated by the people also.
Peter wanted this in life as well. Not only in the material sense.
We know he was certainly a weak and complex man. But with Jesus he could be someone else. With the group of apostles he was import_ant and he certainly did not want to lose this position. Here he could continue to hide the weaknesses of his heart.
It was not just a problem for Peter, each one of us struggles with this.
Therefore we can understand the attitude of Peter. At one point, he understood that without Jesus they would not only lose their positions but he would again become a weak man.
This gives us a picture of how God is able to build on our weaknesses, provided that we are open to Him and understand that without God we are weak and really do not have anything.
Therefore, not only to Peter and the apostles, but to us today as well, Jesus says, "whoever loses his life for my sake will find it".
It is not that we would literally die for Him.. the idea is that we no longer vegetate in our faith, and that we believe and understand that we really are able to build great things in our lives.
If on the weaknesses of Peter, Jesus built the church, then on our weaknesses we can continue to build and maintain this church and it can still be new and fresh in these times in which we live.
Do you think that our life and the things we are doing are refreshing?