Jeremiah 20: 7-9

Jeremiah’s acknowledgement of God’s overpowering love, and his submission to it, come at the cost of hatred and mockery.

Romans 12: 1-2

We can only know God’s will for us by making an oblation of our lives, and shunning worldliness.

Matthew 16: 21-27

Jesus seeks to clarify that his mission will end in seeming disaster, through his suffering and death.  Those who want to follow him will have to be prepared to share in this suffering too.  There is the promise of future glory for those who do so.