An hour at the cross (part 1)


The Lord be with you
And also with you.

The pattern for today will be 3 lots of a reading – some reflections – about 10 minutes silence for personal reflection and a prayer.  At the end there will be a confession and final prayers.

In what I say my aim is to provide something for you to reflect on in the silence that follows.  If you find something that you engage with please feel free to stay with it and stop listening to me – what you reflect on for yourself is more important than what I say.

Through Holy week we have been looking at Discipleship – what kind of disciple we are; the implications of discipleship; and what happens when we fail.  Today we will look at different places we may be on our journey of faith, on our journey of discipleship , through the story of Peter.

Matthew 26:33-35

Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.  ’Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples.

Peter has already been named the Rock on which Jesus will build his church.  He has also been told to “Get behind me Satan”.  Now again he speaks up with certainty – .  Do you know that certainty?  Would you promise to give up everything?  Or are you cautious – only prepared to promise when you are certain?

We often miss “And so said all the disciples” – there are no further stories about what happened to their promises.  But how were they made?  Did they feel they had no choice?

Do we feel able to choose which promises we make to God, those which we make of our own free will?

Is it wrong to make ambitious promises to God?  Or should you only promise that which you know you can deliver?

Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our sin and the depth of your love: in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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