Proper 17 Yr A—
Take up your cross

Matthew 16:21-28

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

9/3/17: Prop 17;
Jere 15:15-21
Ps 26:1-8
Rom 12:9-21
Matt 16:21-27
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.What does it mean for me to take up my cross and follow Jesus? How do I practice that in my daily life? How is the cross I am asked to bear related to the cross of Jesus?

Eye Candy:
"Take up your cross"; , one of the stations of the cross in St Augustine Catholic Church, Ohio; scene from crucifixion
Ear Worm:
text of "Praise to the Living God", translated to Yiddish;"Holy Ground", contemporary, from Passion; "Rejoice ye pure in heart", exciting arrangement for congregational singing
Brain Food:
"Owning your cross";
"Hitchhiking the Bible"; haiku for disciples
"The Giant of Thunder Mountain"(1991); "Rudy" (1993), salute to pint-sized football player; "Phenomenon" (1996), celebrating the human spirit

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