“On Divine Things”
Given that we live on the other side of the crucifixion, O Lord, it is not possible for us to think or to say that it should not happen or, if we are people of faith, that it did not happen.
It surely is possible, though, for us to live as if it didn’t happen. Forbid it, Lord!
Empower us, O Lord, to live lives that are so full of your grace, love, and Spirit that it is clear that our minds are set on the divine things that Jesus embodied, namely, service and sacrifice. And let it be clear that our minds are set on such divine things because our lives are oriented toward such divine things.
“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. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ 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.’” (Matthew 16:21-23)