Reflecting on this week's gospel: Mark 8 v 27-38
you didn't mince your words with Peter
Peter, who had just proclaimed you Lord
and then you denounce him as Satan
Don't you think that was a bit harsh?
Just a tad sharp?
I mean his heart was in the right place
he's a well meaning sort of a fellow.
But that's just the trouble, isn't it -
too many well meaning folk
who are really just obstructing the kingdom
Hearts in the right place
but stifling life and growth.
Focussing on trivia
and losing sight of the essentials
Perhaps we too need to be harsh
Weed out those who would choke the gospel
just so things can stay as they are -
Lord, give us courage to speak out
not to wound but to confront.
Make us brave enough not to be nice
for the sake of peace
but to challenge
for the sake of the kingdom.
And as we do that may the Peters in our midst
know themselves loved
as Peter knew your love
even as he was challenged.