Monday, February 19, 2018

lent 2 year b - mark

Mark 8:31-38
31Then Jesus began to teach them
     that the Son of Humanity must undergo great suffering,
          and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
          and be killed,
          and after three days rise again. 
32Jesus said all this quite openly.
     And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 
     33But turning and looking at his disciples,
          Jesus rebuked Peter and said,
               “Get behind me, Satan!
                    For you are setting your mind not on divine things
                         but on human things.”

34Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them,
     “If any want to become my followers,
          let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 
               35For those who want to save their life will lose it,
                         and those who lose their life for my sake,
                         and for the sake of the gospel,
                              will save it. 
               36For what will it profit them 
                         to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 
                              37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 
          38Those who are ashamed of me
               and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation,
                         of them the Human One will also be ashamed
                              when the One comes in the glory of the Parent
                                   with the holy angels.”

Queeries for the text:
Does truth-telling always lead to well-intentioned (but perhaps misguided) rebuke?
What does it mean to take up our cross and follow Jesus?
Is the Church trying to save its life when it should be losing it for Jesus' sake?
Are we ashamed of Jesus' words of justice?
Are we ashamed of Jesus' words of judgment?

What are your queeries?

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