Wednesday’s gospel reading comes to us from the Gospel of Mark:
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. (Mark 14:26-31)
Despite Peter’s insistence, he did go on to deny Christ three times before the rooster crowed. Yet, God’s forgiveness and mercy are never-ending.
The story of Peter’s denial, and subsequent redemption (in John 21) is depicted in this Eastertide duet, “Peter’s Salvation,” for the trumpet and organ.