Today we read about Jesus' first prediction of His Passion.
The part that always strikes me about this reading is the clarity in which our Lord saw things.
Peter had just told Jesus that He was the Messiah. To anyone around, this probably looked like a friend acknowledging a Friend. Or a disciple reiterating what His Master hinted at. But Jesus, who saw things for what they truly were, saw God working through Peter. And speaking to Him through Peter.
Fast forward a short period of time, and we see Jesus rebuking Peter because He saw Satan working through him. Again, anyone around who saw Peter upset that his Lord would have to suffer would have probably seen this as a friend offering support to his Friend. Or a pupil wanting to protect his Teacher.
I know that is how I would have seen it. (And often times, still do when I read this passage!)
But that would have been the clouded, human view of things.
Luckily, Jesus did not suffer from those vision problems.
Instead of seeing His friend in both scenarios, He saw His Father and Satan. Good and Evil. Black and White.
I wonder what the world would look like to us if we had that clarity?