William Barclay writes that one of the early interpretations of this section is from the Christian theologian, Origen, who lived from 184-253 AD. Origen suggests that when Jesus said for Peter to "Get behind me, Satan!" he was telling Peter that his place was behind him, not in front of him. It was Peter's place to follow him in the way that Jesus chose and not to try to lead Christ in the way in which Peter wanted Jesus to go. Barclay says if the phrase can be interpreted in that way, something lessens the sting of how it sounds.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.