Text (Gospel Story) September 13, 2015
Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples this question: “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “Some, John the Baptizer, others, Elijah, still others, one of the prophets.” “And you,” he went on to ask, “who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah!” Then he strictly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. He then began to teach them that the Son of Man had to suffer much, be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, be put to death, and rise three days later … He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them: “If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps. Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Sharing the Mission
The cross is always seen in light of the resurrection. Without the resurrection, the cross remains in darkness. Also, there is no resurrection without the cross. The cross of Christ, therefore, stands with the resurrection at the center of the good news we believe in. Together, they tell us how deeply God loves us ... Our lives can be transformed by the suffering love of Jesus’ followers, who fill up his sufferings in their bodies: the sick, who bear illness with courage; the grieving, who hope against hope.
As a conference, share an example of how a person’s circumstances changed for the better as a result of your assistance.
Consider lighting an extra candle this week for the intentions of those you serve.
(Together) Jesus, you became obedient even unto death, death on the cross,
May we help to carry the burdens of others.
Jesus, you carried your cross with faith and trust,
May we patiently endure our own times of suffering.