Mark 8:31-38 Take up your cross and follow me

MARK 8:31-38

31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man 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. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

34He 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 Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

  • Light  a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Scan your mind to let go of human things.
  • If you need to write them down, keep a pad of paper next to you.  Write it down and let it go as you make yourself more available to the Holy.
  • Continue this exercise until you feel freedom and light.  Remain in freedom and light as you pay attention to the deep breath.
  • What cross do you need to take up today to follow Christ?
  • What will you deny in you to take up this cross?
  • What is God’s message for you in this cross?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Take up the cross.  Carry it today.  Follow Christ.  Share the Gospel.
  • Give thanks to God for the good news of the Gospel 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

Thinking of God…

 

Why should I be anxious?

It is not up to me to think of myself.

It is up to me to think of God.

And it is up to God to think of me.

– Simone Weil  1909-1943

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • This Sunday, set aside for worship, think of God.
  • Let go of any thoughts that make you anxious or keep you from being in God’s presence.
  • Do all you do today for the glory of God.
  • Your plans don’t need to change.
  • Do all you do today for the glory of God.
  • As you sit in silent meditation, open yourself to be available to the glory of God.
  • Notice, however, if your plans do change (because your focus is for the glory of God as you move toward the cross.)
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • How will you live for the glory of God tomorrow?
  • 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


Praying with art: Where am I in the body of Christ?

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • The mosaic inlay represents individuals coming together as the body of Christ.
  • Where are you in the body of Christ?
  • Focus on one tile that represents you.
  • What color are you?
  • What shape are you?
  • Are the edges smooth?  rough?  both?
  • How do you reflect light with the color next to you?
  • Name those in the body with you.
  • What color are they?
  • How do they reflect light in the body?
  • Bring your focus out to the full picture of the cross.
  • What do you notice about your position in the body of Christ?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • What is God’s message for the body of Christ?
  • 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

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