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Denial

"And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the maids of the high priest came; and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, "You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus." But he …More
"And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the maids of the high priest came; and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, "You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus." But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you mean." And he went out into the gateway. And the maid saw him, and began again to say to the bystanders, "This man is one of them." But again he denied it. And after a little while again the bystanders said to Peter, "Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean." But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know this man of whom you speak." And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept." (Mark 14:66-72} Behind this sculpted tableau at St Peter's in Gallicantu, are the domes of those who also deny Christ...

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"are the domes of those who also deny Christ..." Hey, that's kind of a harsh comparison. Entirely different kind of denial going on there. Peter's was moral cowardice, not outright blasphemy. Saying "I don't know this man" doesn't even come close to denying Jesus' divinity as Mohammed and his followers do "Allah has no son, Allah neither begets nor is begotten."

It's also worth remembering that …More
"are the domes of those who also deny Christ..." Hey, that's kind of a harsh comparison. Entirely different kind of denial going on there. Peter's was moral cowardice, not outright blasphemy. Saying "I don't know this man" doesn't even come close to denying Jesus' divinity as Mohammed and his followers do "Allah has no son, Allah neither begets nor is begotten."

It's also worth remembering that when the servants of the high priest came to arrest Jesus, Peter was the ONLY apostle willing to stand up and defend Our Lord and His future Church with literal force of arms. In that sense, Peter was the first Crusader.

History has given all the other apostles/ disciples, the "good" ones, a free pass on something far worse than pretending not to know Jesus. They all stood around and did nothing to stop Jesus from getting jumped and dragged off by the high priest's posse of thugs.
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