In Peter, we are reminded that relationships are sometimes rocky. With a heart full of love for Jesus, Peter had nevertheless put his foot in his mouth more than once on their journey together. He had been rebuked by Jesus and had also denied Jesus. We understandably ask how it can be that the rock on which Jesus will build his church can be so flawed.
But all of our human relationships are like that, too, because we, as humans, are flawed. Regardless of how much we might love another, our relationships never run smoothly all the time. They have bumps along the way. Assumptions and misunderstandings seem to be the norm of human communications, and it is patience and forgiveness that bring our relationships back into harmony. How wonderful it is that, in our relationship with Jesus, we can slip up and be guilty of some terrible sins, but still love and be loved in return.
Thank you, God, that even with all our flaws, we can still be loved by you. Amen. — ML