March 26, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 8.34-37
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If 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, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?

  • Selflessness for the sake of what? I couldn’t help myself today as I looked at our lectionary readings. Unfortunately, some in leadership have called for selfless for the sake of the economy, claiming that a significant decline of the economy is more of a threat to our neighbors and country than the virus itself. I do not disagree that the threat to the economy and the ripple effects will be significant. However, Jesus teaches us that only these are worth self-sacrifice: Christ and the sake of the gospel. What might it mean for you to make a sacrifice for Christ or for the gospel today? Will you give up some of your own time to call a friend? Will you give a financial gift to support an agency or organization that is helping those who have lost their jobs? Will you forgo leaving your home because you feel stir-crazy? Will you write in your journal about the deepening of your faith in Christ and your understanding of his love? 

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