Friday 22 February 2013

Peter, and Israel, and Mary, and the church

Peter - as imperfect as they come, and the marvel is that the gospels make no effort to gloss over his imperfections and his sin. In contrast to much later hagiography in the church. So Peter is like the Old Testament, the history of Israel, imperfect as it is, full of blood and tears. This is the Israel that God has spoken in and through, this is Peter who the Lord has chosen and loved, and here is where we all stand.

And Mary? Perfect? Yes, I would think so. With Christ. And yet - completely human. Mary: at least in her, the church is already holy and immaculate. 

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