Much has been made of the fact that Peter denied Jesus three times and here is given the opportunity to profess his love for Jesus three times. I hope I don’t have to account for every time I have denied Jesus by my actions! Simon would become “Peter” the rock that Jesus would use to build up the church. He would lose his fear of the Jewish leaders and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah, the Christ, until he died at the hands of the Romans. What are we willing to do once we recognize our own sinfulness? How will we repent and do penance? We most likely will not have to sacrifice our physical lives, but we will be called upon to make sacrifices. Life is a series of choices. Do I go to work or school? Do I get married? If I do, then I need to be faithful to my spouse. Will I have children? If the answer is yes, then I have to take care of them, and I can’t always be out partying. Every choice I make limits me in some way. The decision to be a Christian means that I have responsibilities to love others, to work for justice, to keep my promises, etc. I also am called upon to be a disciple and witness the Good News to others. Sometimes my witness will be in words, but most of the time, it is how I live my life. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter dared to go forth and, by that witness, that voice of Jesus in the world where he lived. We, too, have received the Holy Spirit, who will always be there for us when difficult choices need to be made. All we need to do is ask.