Bible reading

Mark 8: 31-38

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Sermon Illustration

This image shows the artwork that Jo describes in his sermon (click on the image to enlarge it).

An image of a vessel formed from a discarded food can, with applied copper leaf and 23 carat red gold.

The text next to the item in the museum display says:

Vessel: Steel, cut, raised and pierced with applied copper leaf and 23 carat red gold, subsequently oxidised. Bredenby, Herefordshire, England: 2014. Made by Clare Malet.

Formed from a discarded food can, Clare Malet’s vessel illustrates her intimacy with the characteristics of steel, copper and gold, and the shapes and textures of the natural world. “My current steel pieces explore ideas of production, transformation and perceived value; each piece is worked from a reclaimed steel can which is ‘transformed’ into a ‘precious’ vessel.”