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Gospel Reflection

We must be on our guard.
We could be taken to court;
we could be summoned to appear
before the authorities, to testify for Jesus.
The gospel must be proclaimed to everyone.

Jesus asked in the garden that the cup might pass from him;
Jesus drank the cup and walked the way of the cross.

Gospel Reading - The cost of discipleship

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21From then on Jesus began to speak plainly to his disciples about going to Jerusalem, and what would happen to him there — that he would suffer at the hands of the Jewish leaders,a that he would be killed, and that three days later he would be raised to life again.

22But Peter took him aside to remonstrate with him. “Heaven forbid, sir,” he said. “This is not going to happen to you!”

23Jesus turned on Peter and said, “Get away from me, you Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are thinking merely from a human point of view, and not from God’s.”

24Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For anyone who keeps his life for himself shall lose it; and anyone who loses his life for me shall find it again. 26What profit is there if you gain the whole world — and lose eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life? 27For I, the Son of Mankind, shall come with my angels in the glory of my Father and judge each person according to his deeds. 28And some of you standing right here now will certainly live to see me coming in my Kingdom.”

. . . . .Matthew 16:21-28
  1. Literally, “of the elders, and chief priests, and scribes.”

Those who gave up their lives for Christ, and followed in the Way,
rejoice with God now and for ever

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.