The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Readings: Exodus 3.1-15; Psalm 105.1-6, 23-26; Romans 12.9-21; Matthew 16.21-28
Our Gospel reading this Sunday surely contains one of the most challenging statements Jesus ever makes: ‘If anyone would come after me, let him take up his cross and follow me’. Death is the path the Messiah will take. It is also the path his disciples are asked to travel. The disciples can barely get their heads around Jesus suffering, dying, and rising. How can they also be expected to embrace this call themselves?
This, however, is the path Jesus will take. Peter can object all he wants, but this is the radical love of God – the means of salvation for all who will believe – and follow.
May we be a people who knowingly embrace the radical ways of Jesus.
All are welcome to join us for Holy Communion at 9:00am at St Barnabas or 11:00am at St Michael’s.