August 31, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Matthew 16:21-27
Jesus said to his disciples: “ Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
Sharing the Mission
Service to God’s people demands a price. Christians must put aside their own prejudices, comfortable circumstances, and favorite ideas in order to do the will of God. This sort of discipline calls Christians to deny themselves in order to follow Christ.
(Leader) Lord Jesus, give us the grace to deny ourselves,
(Together) So that we can lose our life in order to find it.
(Leader) Lord Jesus, give us the grace to carry our cross,
(Together) So that we can learn the spirit of St Vincent de Paul.
In what ways have you been called to deny yourself, and take up your cross?
This week, take up the cross by sharing the burdens of those you serve and offer support and encouragement in their lives.