Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:18-27
Gracious Creator you draw near to all
tenderly caring for all of your creation
loving the least as much as the most
the broken and weary are your beloved.
You did not choose disciples who were posh
instead you sought the workers and despised
the ones who got their hands dirty understood
that the love of God is a truly great treasure.
We are often weary, overwhelmed and tired
yet you will never despise or reject us
we may not acknowledge you in terror
yet you hold us close to your heart.
Help us to deny ourselves and follow you
let us be remolded daily for your service
may our lives reflect the love we have received
and the blessigns of being yours forever. Amen.