Peter or Judas?

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/04/21 at 1:45 PM

Paul Claudel calls attention to the words Peter and Judas exclaim in identifying the person of Jesus:

Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Judas: “He is the man”.

Following Claudel’s lead, we can see the difference clearly.  Peter acknowledged Jesus’ divinity while Judas, through a series of backsliding events, no longer saw the divinity but only his humanity.

All heresies are attacks on the Incarnation; each taking  a different form.  Belloc and Chesteron have commented extensively on heresies and term them deviations of the Truth; a heresy begins with a truth but then one part is stressed to the detriment of another.

Sin involves the denial of Christ, but heaven is populated with sinners who repented.  Our Lord looked at Peter with sadness but without condemnation.  Peter’s repentance became the occasion of a new and powerful encounter with his Lord.

Our Lord also looked at Judas with compassion and love.  Had Judas been contrite, hope would have been restored to his soul, and he could have become a great saint, dying a martyr’s death instead of that of a coward.

Christ died for us that we might live.  When we fail him, which model will we follow: Peter or Judas?


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