Mark 8:31-38 Seek the cross…

He who seeks not the cross of Christ,
seeks not the glory of Christ.
-John of the Cross

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • If you have a hand or pocket cross, pick it up and hold it. If not, imagine holding this one.
  • Seek the glory of God in the cross.
  • Notice the details in the cross:  the grain of the wood, the imperfection of the clay, the range of color. What captures your attention in the cross?
  • How does your life reflect the details you notice?
  • Where in your life do you need to bring the details of the cross?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Focus again on the cross.
  • Is there a call to action for you from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time at the cross and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2012, the Second Sunday in Lent Year B 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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