Week of February 28, 2021
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."
(Mark 8:31-33, NRSV)
I don't want to be called names by Jesus, but I do want to know when I am setting my mind on human things rather than divine.
Everything is different from how we thought it would be a year ago. I think that's pretty safe to say. And I bet I'm not the only one who occasionally has a desire to tell God how this ought to go. It ought not to be this way. It ought to be another way. Whatever lessons come from this unprecedented time, we ought not to have had to learn them this way. And so on and so on.
We don't get to write this entire story, though. We only get to write a small part – our part, our response, our behavior and practices.
We need to set our minds on divine things, and then set them again, and then set them yet again. We need to say, "We don't know. Teach us."
And then we need to be willing to learn.
God, help us to embrace the lessons you want us to learn. Help us set our minds and hearts on divine things and then wait for your leading. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church