Take up your cross – A Lenten reflection

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Armadale Uniting Church member Karel Reus has prepared a series of weekly reflective poems and questions for the season of Lent. Click here to read all of the reflections. 

Mark 8:31-34

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ 34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Take up your cross

Take up your cross.

Suffer and be rejected

like Him,

for Him,

with Him,

…for what?

I don’t know why I suffer

but I sure as hell know that I suffer;

that it’s part of the deal

and that I must handle it

as best I can.


But you, my Lord,

invite me to suffer more;

to seek it out,

to make the pain

a worthy thing

and offer it to you.


It makes no sense, dear Lord!

I would prefer a call to comfort,

fulfilment, peace, harmony and joy.

Love without anguish,

work without stress,

justice without struggle,

progress without stumbling.

But such desires earn me no reward.

For this you call me Satan?

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