Reflection on Matthew 16:21-27
Peter needed help to see that self and evil had penetrated in his journey with Jesus. We suffer from the same problem as Peter with our crosses of not fitting into a world filled with temptations, belonging to a small percentage who prays often or being a Christian guided by Trinity within. To set your mind on Divine things means our whole self must embrace God’s will with Jesus’s help and example, leading or following as necessary, and serving others, as we have found Christ.
Matthew 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
The Cross and Self-Denial
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 16:21-27.