28 Aug 2011
O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, â€œViolence and destruction!â€ For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, â€œI will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,â€ then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, â€œGod forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.â€ But he turned and said to Peter, â€œGet behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.â€
Then Jesus told his disciples, â€œIf any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? â€œFor the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.