Jesus Denied by Peter
Then they seized him and led him
away, bringing him into the high priest's house. But Peter
was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in
the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat
among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the
firelight, stared at him and said, 'This man also was with
him.' But he denied it, saying, 'Woman, I do not know him.'
A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, 'You also
are one of them.' But Peter said, 'Man, I am not!' Then
about an hour later yet another kept insisting, 'Surely this
man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.' But Peter
said, 'Man, I do not know what you are talking about!' At
that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered
the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, 'Before the
cock crows today, you will deny me three times.' And he went
out and wept bitterly.
Divine Friend, Fountain of
Strength, give me courage to speak the truth and to stand
for justice. When I fall short, help me to accept your
unfailing forgiveness and give me strength to continue, with
you as my unfailing support.