When it comes to remembering one’s faults and virtues, it’s the faults that seems to get the attention more so than the virtues. In the case of St.Peter’s three time denial of our Lord in the court yard of Caiphas.
So let’s take another look a at what really happened that night in the Garden of Olives when the band of soldiers and servants came to arrest him.”Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way. …..” At this point Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear…”Jesus therefore said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” Well my friends at this point you could only imagine what was going through St. Peters mind. Here he was ready to KILL and DIE for Jesus and the Lord stops him. As you recall, ALL the Apostles ran away, one ran naked after he lost the sheet wrapped around him, so instinctively St. Peter joined them. Now my friends, at this point you had, not one Apostle denying Christ but ALL twelve. However there was one Apostle who followed the Lord at a distance and wound up in the court of the High priest in order to check on the Lord and that was St. Peter. So it’s no wonder that the Lords prophecy would come true on his prediction of St. Peters three time denial of the Lord. Understanding our Human nature, even our Lord had trouble with dying, “Father if it be possible, let this cup pass me by, but not my will but thy will but done.”
So my friends we must be careful how we portray the lives of the Saints as with St. Peter who went from a fisherman to the “Rock of the Faith.” on which the Church was built. He walked on water. His preaching,(along with others) on Pentecost Sunday converted three thousand. He too cured the sick. Later he miraculously escaped from prison with the help of the continuous overnight prayers of the faithful.
Another point of interest that many fail to remember is that during Pentecost Sunday these Jews that were gathered in Jerusalem came from all over the world and after, those that got converted were really the first ones to bring the good news back to their countries so that once the Apostles started traveling around the world, they already had contacts there who were ready to receive them.
Grace be with you, in Christ, Joseph 4-25-18 St. Mark Ev. Easter Season