Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Year A Readings:

  • Exodus 3:1-15
  • Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45
  • Romans 12:9-21
  • Matthew 16:21-28


Jesus was tempted to power not once but twice—
before his ministry by the arch enemy Satan
and a second time by Simon Peter, his friend.
Both offered similar career advice:

give the people bread and material things
and they will follow you wherever you go;
and put aside your thoughts of the cross and go
along with the religious police to get along.

An Adversary is any force who seeks to deflect
our good intentions away from the way of God.
It is doubly sad that Simon Peter allowed
himself to innocently mimic the force of darkness.

August 30, 2020

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