Station Three: “I Do Not Know Him”
Tuesday, March 31
[image_frame style=”reflect_shadow” align=”left” alt=”The Denial of St. Peter (La Negazione di Pietro), 1610. Caravaggio” title=”The Denial of St. Peter (La Negazione di Pietro), 1610. Caravaggio” height=”230″ width=”320″]https://flcva.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CaravaggioPeter.jpg[/image_frame]Reading: Luke 22:54 – 62
54Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” 57But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62And he went out and wept bitterly.
Lord Jesus, as Peter betrayed you, you experienced the double agony of love rejected and friendship denied: be with those who know no friends and are rejected by society. You understood the fear within Peter: help us to understand the anxieties of those who fear for their future. To you, Jesus, who gazed with sadness at your lost friend, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.