Who Do You Say I Am?

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, Jesus asks his disciples, “who do you say I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” But his answer is somewhat overshadowed by his next comment. When Jesus explains to his disciples how he must go to Jerusalem and suffer and be killed, Peter objects. “No such thing shall ever happen to you.” Jesus rebukes Peter, calling him Satan and an obstacle. “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Aren’t we at times guilty of the same mistake Peter makes here? Although it is we who are created in God’s image, so often we attempt to mold God into our image. We have our own notions of what God should be, how God should act. And we can get a little indignant when God doesn’t follow the script we have created for him…when God’s way is not the way we would have chosen. Especially when God’s way is the way of the cross.

A simple thing, but one that often is quite difficult for us: Let God be God. Accept that God is God, and I am not. And accept that God’s ways may not always be easy for us to fathom.