Friday, 24 March 2017

Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No. 236)

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!"

As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean." Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!"

A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away." At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed.

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75
  

When Jesus first met Peter, He fixed his gaze upon him and said, 'You are Simon, son of John; you will be called Peter'. (John 1:42)That was an experience of the grace of God in giving the fisherman a new vocation to proclaim the love and mercy of God.
Later on, Peter had a unique experience of grace with James and John when they witnessed the Transfiguration whereby the body of Jesus was transformed by Light. Matthew 17:1-13
Despite experiencing miracles, healings and the Transfiguration, Peter was still full of fear of death and therefore denied knowing Jesus in the courtyard.
Deep down Peter was open to the grace of mercy and forgiveness and that is why he allowed himself the grace of a renewed relationship with Jesus after the resurrection.
No matter how poorly we have responded to the love and care of Jesus in our lives He is always there to offer unconditional grace and love. There is no limit to the love of God in our lives and the relationship he wants to have with each one of us. 
Will you say yes to His mercy as you seek forgiveness during this season of Lent?