This past week I spoke to men who murdered, raped, and stole from their neighbors... and God was present.
The gospel lesson was on Peter's denial of Christ. In many ways Peter's betrayal of Jesus was worse than the betrayal of Judas. That's right, I think Peter's betrayal was worse than Judas'. Peter denied knowing Jesus, being with him, and being his disciple. Judas didn't. Peter was given a choice on three occasions to acknowledge his relationship with God's Anointed and Peter refused each time...then the cock crowed.