Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tuesday of Holy Week

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." John 13:38

Peter (the Rock) must have been dumbfounded to hear this. He must have been thinking to himself that he would never deny Jesus. Yet he did, even though it was told to him too.

How many times have we too denied Jesus? Such as when someone asks us if we are Catholic, Christians, do we keep silent, or do we ask another question instead of replying. Or when we get up on Sunday, knowing we should go to Mass, but instead we set out to go elsewhere, and end up never going to Mass. Just think of how many times we do this as Christians, we deny Jesus far more than Peter ever did.

We have so much in our life today, but the one thing that is so very important, faith and trust in a loving God. Unfortunately we spend most of our lives trying to imitate evil, rather than imitate the one who truly gives us life. The big question is why! Why do we prefer to deny? Are we afraid to know Jesus? Are we afraid of life? Lots of questions, can we answer them. Peter eventually got it. Can we?

I am reminded of the adults I go to school with and how, when a test or quiz is about to be given, they whine, it's too much. All I can think about is the children I teach and them whining too. We are whiners at heart is seems, when it doesn't go the way we want it to.

Did the apostles whine too when Jesus asked them "Will you lay down your life for me?" Possibly. Would we whine about this question, or would we offer to take his place on the cross.

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