The story of Peter’s denial in Mark 14 is a familiar one.  It’s one of those times when we shake our head at a disciple of Jesus and wonder what in the world he was thinking, but, in reality, I’m not so sure that we would be all that different.  Jesus has already told Peter that he would deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows twice.  Now, we get to where it happens.

Peter is warming himself by the fire.  Close to the action, but not close enough to get caught up in it… or so he thought.  But then he gets recognized.  Denial.  A little while later, the same servant girl that recognized him the first time speaks up again.  Denial.  Now she starts telling others.  This is where it gets fun.  Peter essentially curses like a sailor in his third denial, when the other bystanders start to lay into him.  And the rooster crows again.  Peter sees the truth in Jesus’ words.

As much as we shake our heads at Peter, how often do we deny Jesus in the same way?  How often, when given opportunities to share God’s love with other people, do we turn away?  Let’s face it.  We all deny Jesus more than we would like to admit.  It’s easy for us to shake our heads at Peter because it doesn’t involve introspection.  It doesn’t involve taking a look at our own faults and failures.

Denial is not just a river in Egypt, as they say.  It’s a very real part of our own lives.