In today’s gospel we have two disciples of Jesus, Judas Iscariot and Simon Peter who both deny Jesus. For Judas, Jesus was a disappointment. He had hoped that Jesus would be the one to fight against the tyranny of the Romans and lead the Jewish people to a brighter future. Peter, who in this passage swore undying commitment to Jesus, had later on allowed his fear to lead him to deny Jesus three times. Both had been with Jesus for three years. Jesus had called them by name. They had listened to his teaching. They had seen his healing miracles. Despite being close to Jesus fear and disappointment had led them to betray and deny him.
Are we so sure that we would never do what they did? Are there any occasions when I might deny or turn my back on Jesus who has called me to be his disciple?
Today we continue to pray for all those who have contracted the Covid 19 virus. We remember especially our Prime Minister. We pray for their healing. Let us ask the Lord to give strength to all those who care for the sick and to deepen our faith in God’s overwhelming care for us.