Psalm 118 • Jeremiah 23:16-22 • 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 • Mark 8:31–9:1
Today’s readings bring to mind a quote from the biblical scholar Linus Van Pelt, from Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts”: “I LOVE mankind—it’s PEOPLE I can’t stand.”
“People,” says the Lord, “you can’t trust ’em.” But avoiding people is a lonely proposition. And it’s hard not to take God’s admonition personally.
But maybe God is reminding us that we are what we are, and Jesus, in telling us to “pick up our cross,” is exhorting us to fully embrace our human baggage of foibles, falseness, and frailty as we strive to follow the path of sacrifice, faith and forgiveness.
Help me embrace my limitations as I try to understand the limitations of others
Help me see the possibilities in myself as I look for possibilities in others
Help me find comfort in you who are beyond all human understanding, infinite in patience and love.