Picture yourself in a leadership role in the Church and ponder these very pointed accusations. Would you prefer to have a millstone tied around your neck and be tossed into the sea rather than leading someone astray? I will admit that it makes me nervous when I meditate upon the Scriptures dealing with religious leaders. The responsibilities of a person holding a leadership position are quite significant. The consequences of failed leadership will also be quite distressing. Thankfully, there is grace and mercy as well.
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells Peter, "Get behind me Satan." This was no watered down, politically correct rebuke. Wow! This was said to an apostle. This same apostle became the rock upon which Jesus built His Church. Peter should give each of us hope in our own journey.
What is Jesus attempting to correct in our own lives today? Are we listening?