…the cock crowed, and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly. – Luke 22:60-62
The pace of the Gospel is picking up. Just the day before the disciples were bickering over who was greatest, and now, faced with the arrest of Jesus, the betrayal of Judas, and Peter’s denial, they are thrown into confusion and fear. It is under such intense moments in our lives the truth of who we are comes out. No longer are they vying to be ‘greatest’; they are faced with a greater challenge, to acknowledge their weakness in the face of something beyond their own strength.
Would we fare any better? Would we remain firm in our faith, or crumble in our fear?
Yesterday we reflected on the spiritual readiness with which we must strive, seeking to grow in a consistency in our prayer. When the moment of testing comes, will we be found wanting? Or, will we find ourselves ready to endure the trial before us. Let us start today, accepting the small challenges in the light of the Cross, offering them with Jesus. As larger challenges come, we will find a capacity not only to endure, but to be a tower of strength to others in such moments.
May God bless you.