MARTYRDOM & BEARING WITNESS

Monday, February 5, 2018

The maid who kept the door said to Peter, ‘Are not you also one of this man’s disciples?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” (Jn 18:18)

 

This Peter is the same man who, earlier in this very chapter of the Gospel according to John, drew a sword when our Lord was arrested in Gethsemane, and in a vain attempt to “stand up” for His Master, cut off the right ear of the high priest’s slave (Jn 18: 10). But nobody asked or “called” Peter to do that. Yet a bit later, as we see above, when he is truly ”called” to stand up and be counted as one of the Lord’s disciples in a less dramatic way, – to respond truthfully to a maid’s simple question, – he fails to do so. 

 

So the call to being a “martyr” or “witness” to the Lord does not always come wrapped in heroism and extraordinary chivalry. In fact it comes to me, as it did to Peter, in rather prosaic circumstances, when I am perhaps trying to “blend in” or “belong” in my habitual setting(s), in ways that I should not. Lord, grant me the courage to be the true “me” that I am in You, regardless of my everyday circumstances. Amen!

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