Given his triple denial of Christ and his apparent moral cowardice—as exemplified in today’s first reading—Peter seems an unlikely candidate for sainthood. However, there is one thing that explains why he became Saint Peter: And that is that he was able to accept correction and reproof without making excuses for his behavior or trying to blame others. And whereas Jesus was gentle and subtle in addressing Peter’s triple denial, Paul is anything but subtle or gentle as he challenges and reprimands him in front of everyone. Unless we strive for a similar openness to correction and the insight gained from those who can see what we cannot see (about ourselves), our ongoing conversion will falter and stall. Of course, none of us relishes being corrected, and, unlike Peter, we tend to become defensive and closed to the deeper insight others can offer about ourselves. However, it is only by imitating Peter’s humility that we will be able to see, and then remove, the beam in our eyes, and then be able to attend to the splinter in our neighbor’s eye.