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.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.