SAINTS: Peter — Waiting For The Cockcrow, by Greg Friedman

April 11, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71:1-6; John 13:21-33, 36-38 Peter is a central character in the Passion narratives.  On Palm Sunday each year, we hear the story of his denial of Jesus. In John’s Gospel, read today and on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, Peter is also prominent.  We know what will come on Good Friday, as Peter stands in the courtyard of the high priest and blatantly denies knowing Jesus.  But in today’s selection, from the Last Supper, that denial is juxtaposed with the betrayal of Judas.  The power of evil is at work, reaching even into the circle of Jesus’s disciples.  Judas leaves the supper and goes out into the night, to gather the forces to arrest Jesus. Meanwhile, Peter is [...]

LISTENING: Two Ways Of Listening: John and Peter by J. Philip Newell

June 7, 2014

From Listening for the Heartbeat of God The stream of Celtic spirituality, from Pelagius in the fourth century to George MacLeod in the twentieth, is characterized by the expectation of finding God within, of hearing the living voice of God speaking from the very heart of life, within creation and within ourselves.  It is a spirituality that recognizes the authority of Saint John and reflects his way of looking and listening for God.  At the decisive Synod of Whitby in 664, where two distinct ways of seeing, represented by the Celtic and Roman missions, came into conflict, the former allied itself to John.  Coleman of Lindisfarne argued that the Celtic tradition originated from Saint John, the disciple who was, he said, “especially [...]

THE CHURCH: The Church Is A Collection of Souls, by John Henry Newman

February 11, 2014

From The Church My brethren, there are those who imagine that, when we use great words of the church, invest her with Heavenly privileges, and apply to her the evangelical promises, we speak merely of some external and political structure.  They think we mean to spend our devotion upon a human cause, and that we toil for an object of human ambition.  They think that we should acknowledge, if cross-examined, that our ultimate purpose was the success of persons and parties, to whom we were bound in honor, or by interest, or by gratitude; and that, if we looked to objects above the world or beyond the grave, we did so with very secondary aims and faint perceptions.  They fancy, as the largest concession of their liberality, that we are [...]

POETRY: Betrayal and Forgiveness, two sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

March 25, 2013

The Look The Savior looked on Peter. Ay, no word, No gesture of reproach! The heavens serene, Though heavy with armed justice, did not lean Their thunders that way: the forsaken Lord Looked only on the traitor. None record What that look was, none guess: for those who have seen Wronged lovers loving through a death-pang ken, Or pale-cheeked martyrs smiling to a sword, Have missed Jehovah at the judgment— “I never knew this man”—did quail and fall, call. And Peter, from the height of blasphemy As knowing straight THAT GOD—turned free And went out speechless from the face of all, And filled the silence, weeping bitterly. The Meaning of the Look I think that look of Christ might seem to say— “Thou Peter! art thou [...]

MEDITATION: Call by Michael Kennedy

September 27, 2012

From The Jesus Meditations: A Guide for Contemplation The Grace To hear the ways Jesus calls me in my life and to be willing and courageous enough to answer yes to his call. The Scripture After Jesus was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News.” As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in [...]

ANGELS: The Angel Of Release, with a tale of my own

January 13, 2012

Acts 12:1 – 16: At that time King Herod caused terrible suffering for some members of the church.  He ordered soldiers to cut off the head of James, the brother of John.  When Herod saw that this pleased the Jewish people, he had Peter arrested during the Festival of Thin Bread.  He put Peter in jail and ordered four squads of soldiers to guard him.  Herod planned to put him on trial in public after the festival.  While Peter was being kept in jail, the church never stopped praying to God for him. The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail. Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared, [...]