Thursday, July 16th

Mark 14: 27-31

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd,    and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Meditation

Can there be a lower point in someone’s life than a moment when you deny a friend? I don’t know why Peter did what he did that day but I can remember an occasion where i did something of the same thing and I cannot answer the question for that occasion either except to say in my moment I wanted to do what I did to deny my friend more than to do what he asked me to do. Life has those moments and we realize that even though we want to follow Jesus we deny him in things we do.

Prayer

Lord, we would want that we always did your will, but if we are truthful with ourselves we see we are not. We let ourselves get focused on the things of the world that are not important. We lose sight of you and others. Give us strength and courage to seek always to care for others and in so doing, care for ourselves. Amen.

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