Get Behind Me, Satan!

18 Jun

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection Prayer for 2 Lent 04 March 2012 

Get Behind Me, Satan!

Holy Jesus,

You shared openly with everyone what life is like in service to You. (Mk 8:34)  You shared openly with everyone what You would have to endure. (v 31)  You showed us by living example.  Peter didn’t want to hear it and rebuked You. (v 32)  The Church-as-Institution has stepped into Peter’s shoes and didn’t want to “Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”  She has set her mind not on divine things but on human things. (v 33)  It is natural for the children to behave as the parent.  I join You, Lord, according to Your commissioning of me (Rev 12:1-2, 5-6) and in following in Your sandals, I turn to the disciples of the Church and cry out: “Get behind me, Satan!  You may no longer pollute, block, distort, twist, infect, deflect, or ravage God’s people any more in any way!  (Rev 20:9)  It is your own shame which you have been bringing upon your own self as you have been making war on the Church. (Rev 12:17)  In the name of Jesus Christ I send you forever to hell to receive the treatment you have inflicted upon us! (Rev 20:10) You may not stay on earth any more. (Rev 12:9)  You no longer have the power or right to God’s people who have already been spiritually harvested. (Rev 14:17-20)  Drop your stronghold and leave!”

Father, this is a heart issue and only one that You can heal.  Truly, what can we give in return for our lives? (Mk 8:37)  You have promised us that we have the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in Your paradise. (Rev 2:7)  Our part in this partnership is taking the risk to say yes to this New Life.  Help us to do this.  Please give us courage when our knees are weak.  Please forgive us for not taking responsibility for our own faith journeys and trusting You.  We are no different than the disciples in saying, “Surly not I.” (Mt 26:22, 25)  And this is followed by the echoes of “You have said so,” (Mt 26:25, 64) which is followed by, “I don’t know the man.” (Mt 26:74)  Denial is progressive and powerful.  But You, Lord, are more powerful than denial and the shame that shrouds it.  Your Truth shatters our mirrors so that we reflect Your pure “sea of glass” (Rev 4:6) and Your pure “river of crystal.” (Rev 22:1)  Please help us to change our hearts so that we are not ashamed of You and of Your words in our generation, which You know so well, since ours is so like Your own used to be. (Mk 8:38)  Embolden us in Your great Love, so that we will see You.  Soothe our wounded hearts of shame, disappointment, grief, and sadness.  We worship you through all circumstances.  We worship You anyway.  We could not live up to the potential You saw in us.  Please breathe in Your lasting grace and peace into the kingdom of our hearts so that we can see You in the glory of the Father with the holy angels just as You have promised.  Amen.

 

2 Lent                         04 March 2012                                             Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.

17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”

17:3 Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,

17:4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations.

17:5 No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.

17:6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.

17:7 I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

17:15 God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.

17:16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

Psalm 22:23-31
22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

22:24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

22:28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

22:29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

22:30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

22:31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

Romans 4:13-25
4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

4:14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.

4:15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

4:16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us,

4:17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) –in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

4:18 Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.”

4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.

4:20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,

4:21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

4:22 Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

4:23 Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone,

4:24 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,

4:25 who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Mark 8:31-38
8:31 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.

8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

8:33 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.”

8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?

8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?

8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

 

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