Sunday, March 20, 2022

Bravado forestalled

After Luke 22:31-34

It’s a play in three acts. 

First, the warning, 

a demand to sift 

a disciple like wheat, 

to show what

little wheat and what

great chaff is there, 

a demand countered

by a prayer for faith 

to endure; followed 

by an assigned mission 

to strengthen the faithful

when the crisis passes.


Act 2: the bravado,

the claim of readiness

to follow to prison,

to follow to death,

the claim stated

with the courage

of not knowing

how close were both.


And then Act 3:

the prediction,

the certainty

of denial,

the certainty

that courage

would fail,

coupled with 

the sign to expect

a rooster to crow

not once but

three times.


Photograph by Hulki Okan Tabak via Unsplash. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Peter's betrayal is of utmost consequence, Glynn, as it appears in all four Gospels. I'm sure Peter must have told this story of shame repeatedly so that those who listened would confess their own sins without fear.