Matthew 26: 30-35download (1)

30 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  32 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”

33 Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.”

34 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”

35 Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.



What, I wonder, is behind Peter’s vehement denial that he will never desert  Jesus?   Is it — at that moment — the fervent feeling of devotion that he has for Jesus?   Is it — at that moment — the strength of his faith?   Or is it, I wonder, his pride?   Jesus has just poked all the disciples in the chest and predicted their failure to be true to him.   Peter, in a jingoistic  response, doubles down, pledging that  not only will he not desert Jesus, he’ll die with him.   These declarations, however, will soon dissipate like steam in the evening breeze.



Dear Lord,

Strengthen us, we pray, for the long journey.

Strengthen us for the challenges that we will face;  for the tests to our faith;  for the urge to flee instead of stand by your side when the cost of discipleship becomes apparent.