Lenten Series: "Chocolate for Lent: Taking In vs Giving Up"
Sacred Scripture: Mark 8:27-38
Overview: When Jesus makes a prophecy of his impending death his disciples react with confusion and hostility, because they don’t understand his different worldview. Jesus trades the tradition’s ideas of a conquering Messiah for a dying and rising Messiah.
Human Need: Our natural instinct is to trade up for greater and greater value.
Community Challenge: Jesus confronts us with the choice to either trade up for the higher values of the kingdom, or to hang on to our present values of the world. We are called to look not for what gains we can barter, but what losses we can trade up for the sake of the cross.