Gospel Lk 9:22-25
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”
Jesus, help me take up:
The violence that roars in my heart,
The lack of peace that makes a home in my soul,
The self-hatred that reveals itself on my lips,
The lack of forgiveness between those I love and myself,
The hatred in our world vision,
The guns, the knives, the weapons that our children carry,
The disgrace we carry among our families,
The wars, the loathing, the violence, and aggression of nations,
The sin of our lives and of our relationships,
Redeem our crosses, the heavy burdens we carry.