[After twice denying Jesus in the courtyard of the building where Christ was being held captive, Peter was approached again and asked] “Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away.” At that [Peter] 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.
It wasn’t too long before Jesus came back to our cell. He looked a little roughed up. Before I could even ask if he was okay, he held up his hand as he made his way toward me by the cell window. He pointed out this tall guy next to a fire. He tells me this guys name is Peter and that he is his good and trusted friend. Just as Jesus finished, we heard this Peter yell out that he does not know Jesus. As I looked out the window I see Peter hurrying away from a servant girl. As I looked back at Jesus, I couldn’t help feeling for the guy. It’s a shame, but it happens all the time. Just when you think you can trust someone you believe to be a friend, they shut the door and lock you out. What really amazed me however, was the way Jesus was dealing with it all. He got very quiet and with his eyes closed he asked God, who he again called Father, to forgive Peter, his friend ,even though this Peter had just denied knowing him.
Jesus, how can I or anyone bear the grief and loneliness abandonment brings. Can you help me to understand and forgive?
With St. Dismas we pray:
Dear God, grant that I might rise above my own grief and loneliness, so that I might learn to forgive others who have hurt me or abandoned me and help me to stick with others in their time of need.
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