On Sunday, we lift the Lord high in praise,
publicly demonstrating our love and adoration.
During the rest of the week, we lift-up the world,
sharing our accomplishments, seeking human admiration.
In church, we make sure that we abide by the Bible,
putting our best behavior forward for human observation.
But at work we digress, into the world of “me first,”
being more interested in partying and celebration.
Is this a quandary, or are we acting like hypocrites,
wearing a mask to blend into a specific situation?
Maybe, we are simply naive, in the survival mode,
unable to integrate religious and earthly in combination.
Perhaps, this was one of the problems of Saint Peter,
when the Master was headed to the crucifixion.
His chief disciple, unable to place his life in jeopardy,
denied Jesus, placing religion below adaptation.
Would we behave in the same way as that fisherman,
who placed his own existence before religious dedication?
Could you speak up for your own beliefs, in the face of danger,
or would you find yourself foregoing religious revelation?
“Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.” – Matthew 26:69-75 (KJV)
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Poem by David Andre Davison