Bringing the Text to Life
Special Installment: Maundy Thursday
Peter believed he could act without God’s help.
AT A GLANCE:
Delusional disorder is a mental illness in which people can’t tell what’s real from what is imagined. The delusion can be bizarre (“Six years ago I was abducted by aliens”) or benign or non-bizarre. This is the starting point for this treatment of Peter’s denial. It’s a betrayal that shatters the real denial that Peter had embraced: that he was a cut above the others and would never betray his Lord. This text is the ultimate therapeutic breakthrough. Peter discovers the truth about himself, and it’s a starting point for his redemption.
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Thursday Theology,” March 20, 2008.
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