A Cross-Shaped Life

Date: September 3, 2017
Liturgical Day: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 17A

following Jesus
loving and serving others
no matter the cost

Christo Crucificado, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1627

We, like Peter, can find it hard to understand and embrace a life that has suffering and sacrifice at its core. Yet Jesus declares this is what leads to true life. May we heed his call, and as we give to others may we know his presence.

Some discussion Questions:
1. Why does Jesus refer to Peter (upon whom he promises to build the church) as Satan in this text?
2. In Jeremiah 15, how does the Prophet describe the people of ancient Israel?
3. According to Romans 12, in what circumstances would it be wise if I attempted to “overcome evil with good?

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