Day 4 – Disloyalty

ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke

4. DISLOYALTY

Jesus is betrayed by his friend Matthew 26: 69-75

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about!” As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarean.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man!” A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away.” At that he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly.

I wanted the scene to be quite stark with plain colour contrasts to show the utter despair in the figure of Peter. His humanity has broken his heart. He hoped to show a loyalty that was courageous but all he could do in the end was run.