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Sunday Reflection: Transformation, Discernment

It is difficult to follow Christ, very much so, in Matthew 13 we have Jesus tackling Peter’s avoidance of the consequences of following the Good News. Not for the first time Jesus rebukes Peter for his lack of discernment, his moral cowardice in wanting to avoid the confrontation against evil which must come. In verse 23 Jesus uses very clear words to indicate just how far Peter is from becoming somebody who is transformed in his relationship with Christ: ‘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.”‘

Sometimes we need that kind of rebuke, I know I do, not because I am satanic, but because I am not opening myself up to the work of the Spirit, not allowing change to work its way into my mind and heart! To take up the Cross will be denial of things inimical to God’s love, mercy, care, forgiveness and acceptance, to follow Christ means becoming a marginal person, to identify with all those Christ dearly loves. But, take heart, this route isn’t always heavy, it has at its heart a deep joy, a sense of great fun, for in discerning we begin to see just how foolish we are, and we can laugh, not in derision, but in amusement at how easy it is to work out just what we try to hide, and then a deeper joy at finding a transformed life: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.”(Mt 16:27)

Source: ICN

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