"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."
Peter had just boasted that he would lay down his life for Jesus, but Jesus knew better. Jesus knew the road he was to travel and he knew that he would travel it mostly alone. Peter, and his childish posturing, must have struck a nerve. Looking back we can shake our heads at Peter, too, but, in reality, we do this everyday. Everyday we jockey for position and boast that we are the "Good Guys," until that going gets a little tough. Then we get going. Let's ask forgiveness for the times we didn't live up to our missions as Christians, the times we may have turned our heads from injustice. The times when the world's problems were clearly not our problems--what can we do about them anyway? We can work on our own little corners of the world, that's what. We all have a circle of influence in our lives--those we come into contact with everyday. We may not be able to end world hunger, but we can help with the hungry in our own community. We may not be able to fix the world's injustices, but we can seek justice in our own homes, work places, and community. Taking up our crosses and following Jesus means making a difference in the lives of others. Let's think about how we can make that happen. Love, heidi