And this discord occurs also today: when the fulfillment of one’s life is directed solely to social success, to physical and economic wellbeing, then one no longer reasons according to God, but according to men (verse 23). To think according to the world is to put God aside, not to accept his plan of love, almost impeding the fulfillment of his wise will. Because of this, Jesus says something particularly harsh to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me” (ibid.).

The Lord shows that “the path of the disciples is to follow him, the Crucified. In all three Gospels, however, he explains this following in the sign of the cross … as the way to ‘lose oneself,’ which is necessary for man and without which it is not possible for him to find himself” (Gesù di Nazaret, Milan 2007, 333 [cf. Jesus of Nazareth, pg. 287]).

— Pope Benedict XVI, address before the midday Angelus on Sunday 28 August 2011

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