The Cross Takes the Lead

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We’ve learned a cool trick to have our dear dog Bongo stop pulling when we take him for a walk. It’s really very simple: we just start walking in the opposite direction!?This is what Jesus did to Peter. When Jesus told Peter that Jesus was going to have to suffer—even to suffer and die on a cross—Peter starting pulling where he wanted to go: “This can’t happen to you, Jesus!” So Jesus had to pull Peter in the opposite direction. Jesus wanted the cross to take the lead.

How do we know when you’re pulling, or God is pulling? You’ll feel the difference between the two. When you’re doing what God wants, there will be a feeling of a cool peace and of God’s being with you. When you want things your way, your face will crunch up and you’ll lose that peaceful feeling. It’s your choice!

Matthew 16:21—28  

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

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