Forget yourself

22nd Sunday in Ordinary time: Mt 16:21-27

21 JFrom that time on Jesus began to say plainly to his disciples, “I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life.”

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “God forbid it, Lord!” he said. “That must never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned around and said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way, because these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from human nature.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any­one wants to come with me, he must forget himself, carry his cross, and follow me.

25 For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

26 Will people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their life? Of course not! There is nothing they can give to regain their life.

27 For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his deeds.”

Other readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63:1-5, 7-8; Romans 12:1-2

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