The Repentant Peter c. 1600
Oil on canvas, 37 by 30.5 inches – Phillips Collection, Washington
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the Lord’s words: “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”
And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.
After Jesus is arrested, Peter lurks in the courtyard. The chilly, cool night air adds to Peter’s shivering in fear. He warms himself by a fire as others gather around. The stage is set for Peter to deny Jesus. It’s a very sad moment in the story of Jesus’s suffering and death. Greater than the beating, the mocking and the crown of thorns, how hurt and very sad Jesus must have been to have such a close friend deny that he even knew him!
The rooster crowing was like a scratch on Peter’s memory. He recalls that Jesus had said at the Last Supper that Peter would deny him three times before the rooster crows. Never again would the early morning sound of a rooster crowing be the same for him.
Peter became weak by being too far away from Jesus. For you: stay nearby Jesus as you let the story of Jesus’s suffering touch you. The risen Jesus finds joy in your faithfulness and presence to him!
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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