”Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”
In this passage, Peter is quick to proclaim his willingness to lay down his life for Jesus, but we know from Scripture that he denied Christ three times when he faced accusations from the crowd during the Passion. Peter’s denial of Christ shows how easy it is for us to fall short in bearing witness to Christ in times of trial. It is always “easier” to be faithful in the good times. This reminds us that our profession of faith and love for God is not merely lip service, but that it must be accompanied by our witness of life in all circumstances.
While we may not have disowned Christ, we can reflect on the subtle ways that we may neglect God and others. How faithful have we been towards our prayer life? Do we make the effort to spend quality time with others? Are our actions consistent with the faith we profess to others? Do we shy away from the mission of sharing God’s words? Do we sometimes see a need in others or community but do nothing about it?