The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering, yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. In the gospel lesson, when Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described in the second lesson by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. We gather together as a worshiping community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.
Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
“O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”