Old Testament: Proverbs 1:20-33
Epistle: James 3:1-12
Gospel: Mark 8:27-38
Through suffering and rejection, O God, you bring forth our salvation, for in Jesus you embrace our humanity and transform our lives by the glory of his cross. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may rebuke the lure of this world, take up our cross, and follow your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.