Inner Formation of the Heart
Part 19: Jesus Helps Peter Become Aware of a Gap
Much later that evening, as Jesus appeared before the high priest, Peter snuck into the courtyard to follow the proceedings. While he warmed himself by the fire, various ones identified Peter as Jesus’ disciple. Each time he denied it, the last time “he began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know the man!’” (Matt 26:74, Mk 14:71). The rooster crowed and Jesus’ and Peter’s eyes connected. Peter remembered Jesus’ words “and [Peter] went outside and wept bitterly” (Matt 26:75; Lk 22:62). Peter thought he was the most stalwart of the disciples: “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will” (Matt 26:33). Jesus had pointed out the gap, but Peter was not ready to listen. So we will need to invite God, and trusted others, to give us feedback about our gaps—in a loving and non-judgmental manner—“speaking the truth in love” (Eph 4:16).
Next Musing: Part 20: Conclusion of Inner Heart Series