Matthew 26: 69-75
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ But he denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’ When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. ’Again he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’ After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’ Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know the man!’ At that moment the cock crowed. 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 put himself into danger – the confidence of the previous reading is still there – the other disciples were nowhere to be seen – he could have run away to some safe place, but he didn’t. And then it happened – there he was busy thinking of something else and he is challenged, and he responded unthinkingly, like someone taking an unintended chocolate biscuit during Lent; and again, and again. And then… and then he remembers his promise and shows remorse.
How often do you put yourself in a place of risk? Risk of challenge, risk of change, risk of failure?
How often do you act unthinkingly? Doing things you have no intention of doing?
What do you wish to do differently in future?
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will. Amen