Peter commissioned?

When he was recently asked what Gospel story he is most drawn to, the Rev. Jared Cramer said the Restoration of Peter. Why?
Apr 27, 2013

 

Cramer — the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven and an occasional religion columnist for the Tribune — wrote about it in a recent blog post, "A Loving Death."

"If you would have asked me years ago what story would come to mind, I don't think I would have picked this one," he wrote. "However, ever since my last pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I have been captivated by this story.

"At the Church of the Primacy, there is a statue depicting this scene (see photo)," Cramer later explained. "When I first saw it, I was stunned and captivated. Peter kneels before Christ, clearly overwhelmed by what is happening in this moment. Christ doesn't look normal, he looks other-worldly, as though the Resurrection has changed him. He extends one hand over Peter in an act of ordination and with his other hand he offers Peter a crozier—the symbol of episcopal ministry."

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