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Rev. Robin McAlpine

Updated: 01 Mar 2021

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Robin has written, compiled, read and presented some thoughts for various days during the week. You can find links to his reflections for Sundays by using the index on the right of the page.

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Week of Monday 1st March 2021

Mark 8: 31

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

We know several of these verses so well, maybe too well and the impact of them may have lessened because of their familiarity. But it would be hard not to feel for Peter and this public, harsh telling off in verse 33: “Get away from me, Satan!”

Again, and again, Peter says out loud what probably everyone else is thinking, for this is not the Messiah they expected. This is not how it’s meant to happen!

And if we are honest, we might not just feel for Peter, but feel like him?

We too want the apparently easier answers, the cut and dried solutions, but time and again, Jesus reminds his would -be disciples- then and now- that there is another dimension, a spiritual, soul -centred level of living offered by him.

There are no easy questions or answers for the followers of Jesus.


Father God, be with us when we find it hard to put God’s concerns before our own.

Jesus, Son of God, be with us when we find it hard to follow you.

Holy Spirit, be with us when we find it hard to know what to do to save our souls. Amen

Nancy Gilmartin

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