But who do you say I am?

12th Ordinary Sunday, 19 June: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1; Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24 ~ the crucial question

O God, whose Son, our Messiah and Lord, did not turn aside from the path of suffering nor spare his disciples the prospect of rejection, pour out your Spirit upon us, that we may abandon the security of the easy way and follow in Christ’s footsteps toward the cross and true life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

Sunday: 13 September – Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 ~ turn, take, and follow

Make us one, O God, in acknowledging Jesus as Christ and Lord. As we proclaim Him by our words, let us follow Him in our works; give us strength to take up the cross and courage to lose our lives for His sake…. God of all compassion, You protect your people in every difficulty: hear our prayers and grant us Your grace, through Christ our Lord. Amen.