Jesus became obedient, even to death on a cross.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom do I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom am I afraid?
For this purpose I came to this hour.
He was a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity.
Without cause they set their snare for me;
without cause they dug a pit for me.
But let those who favor my just cause
shout for joy and be glad.
May they ever say, “Exalted be the LORD
who delights in the peace of his loyal servant.”
Then my tongue shall recount your justice,
declare your praise, all the day long.
Psalm 35:7, 27-28
The Son of Man must be lifted up.
By his wounds we were healed.
I waited, waited for the LORD;
who bent down and heard my cry,
drew me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mud of the swamp,
set my feet upon rock,
steadied my steps,
and put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
Take up your cross and follow me.
They will run and not grow weary.
LORD, hear my prayer;
in your faithfulness listen to my pleading;
answer me in your justice.
The enemy has pursued me;
they have crushed my life to the ground.
They have left me in darkness
like those long dead.
Psalm 143:1, 3
Enter through the narrow gate.
A sword shall pierce your heart.
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
though its waters rage and foam
and the mountains totter at its surging.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
“Behold your mother.”
Rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ.
1 Peter 4:13
To do your will is my delight;
my God, your law is in my heart!
“Whatever you did for one of these least ones, you did for me.”
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter.
Even when I walk through a dark valley,
I fear no harm for you are at my side;
your rod and staff give me courage.
Do not be afraid…to acknowledge me before others.
Luke 12:4, 8
Strengthen your drooping hands and weak knees.
Who is like the LORD,
our God enthroned on high,
looking down on the heaven and earth?
The LORD raises the needy from the dust,
lifts the poor from the ash heap,
seats them with princes,
the princes of the people.
Our Father in heaven…thy will be done.
They staggered in the streets.
In you, LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue and deliver me;
listen to me and save me!
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me…”
See, my servant shall propser.
You have done great things;
O God, who is your equal?
You have sent me many bitter afflictions,
but once more revive me.
Restore my honor;
turn and comfort me,
that I may praise you with the lyre
for your faithfulness, my God,
and sing to you with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel!
I lay down my life for my sheep.
Like a lamb led to slaughter, he opened not his mouth.
Many dogs surround me;
a pack of evildoers closes in on me.
So wasted are my hands and feet
that I can count all my bones.
They stare at me and gloat;
they divide my garments among them;
for my clothing they cast lots.
The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.
See whether there is any suffering like my suffering.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why so far from my call for help,
from my cries of anguish?
All who see me mock me;
they curl their lips and jeer;
they shake their heads at me:
“You relied on the LORD – let him deliver you;
if he loves you, let him rescue you.”
Psalm 22:2, 8-9
Love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.
They shall look on him whom they have pierced.
With full voice I cry to the LORD;
with full voice I beseech the LORD.
Before God I pour out my complaint,
lay bare my distress.
My spirit is faint within me,
but you know my path.
Along the way I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
I look to my right hand,
but no friend is there.
There is no escape for me;
no one cares for me.
“Love one another as I love you.”
You shall know that I am the LORD.
“You who fear the LORD, give praise!
All descendants of Jacob, give honor;
show reverence, all descendants of Israel!
For God has not spurned or disdained
the misery of this poor wretch,
did not turn away from me,
but heard me when I cried out.”
“Whoever loses his life for my sake…will save it.“
We were baptized into the death of Christ.
I keep the LORD always before me;
with the LOD at my right, I shall never be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices,
my body also dwells secure,
for you will not abandon me to Sheol,
nor let your faithful servant see the pit.
You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
“Where I am, there also will my servant be.”
The Scripture selctions are from the New American Bible, as found in Not My Will But Yours Be Done: The Way of he Cross, by GIA Publications.