The Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Luke 22:61-62 — The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

“When do we begin as Peter did, feigning ignorance about someone, an incident, an issue or a teaching of the gospel? Or deny, either point blank or by obvious silence, that we are connected to Christ, being baptized and calling ourselves followers of the Suffering Servant? When do we or do the groups we are a part of in the church refuse to stand in solidarity with others or ignore and resist the teachings of Christ because they may put us in a poor light with others, or in jeopardy?”

“Deliver us, O Lord, from cowardice … may we reach out to those who are bound to you in the bonds of shared advocacy and justice on behalf of the poor and the outcast of the earth, who are your presence among us. May we learn to treat them with as much tender regard as we would treat you, and to stand up for them with all our strength and courage, knowing it is you we call our friend. Amen.”

– Megan McKenna, “The New Stations of the Cross,” p. 29, 31

Art: Michael D. O’Brien, “Jesus is Denied by Peter,” 1994

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