Reading: Mark 8:27-38
I must admit. I do not like this day. There is nothing good about it. We recall that years ago on a Friday afternoon three human beings were brutalized and executed in the cruelest manner the world had to offer. What is good about that? There were questions. Is this one in the middle the Son of God? Why doesn’t he save himself? To watch him die must have been excruciating. And perhaps, if you were one of those who followed him and staked your reputation on him, this day may be embarrassing.
Jesus anticipated this day. In our lection for today he warned his followers to not be ashamed of him. Even if he is rejected and killed. Rather, he encouraged us, take up your cross and follow him.
So, let’s do that and only that today. Let’s just remember, watch and contemplate. Let’s just follow in our prayers, devotions and worship. Let’s take up whatever cross we need to—even a sense of shame or defeat if we must. Let us watch as the world does its damnedest, even today. Then let’s see what God does. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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