March 31, 2015
33 Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ … 35 Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples. …40b he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour … 51 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. … 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.
Peter tries hard to be the friend of all friends to Jesus, but he fails miserably. He falls asleep when Jesus is in great pain and distress. Most people apply the sword event to Peter, as the one who cut off the ear of the enemy. And then, he denies he even knows Jesus, not once, not twice but three times. This is not how you treat a friend and Peter knows it but not until the end. It is really hard to do the right thing every time, right? We all do it. Good intentions, fail! Good intentions, fail! Repeat.
God help us, not only to be loving, serving and giving to our friends but also help us to be loving and forgiving to others who might let us down. Help us to forgive ourselves when we realize we have lived below our intentions. Amen!
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.