MARTYRDOM & BEARING WITNESS

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

     ”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)

 

     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. It might come to me in my everyday, undramatic circumstances, when I am trying to “blend in” or “belong” in ways that I should not. Lord, grant me the courage to be the true “me” I am in You, regardless of the circumstances. Amen! 
 

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