Lectio Devina: The Life of Peter

Day 7 - Peter’s Denial

(as told by all four gospels)

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,”.

But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm.Peter also was standing with them, warming himself. So they asked him, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” About an hour later one of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”

Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and broke down and wept bitterly.

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