oday’s Reading: John 18:19-27

19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said this, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”24 Annas then sent him bound to Cai’aphas the high priest.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “Are not you also one of his disciples?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”
26 One of the servants of the high priest, a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.

Today’s Commentary

again denied it: Three times Peter denies his association with Jesus
(18:17, 25), just as three times he fell asleep while Jesus prayed in agony
(Mk 14:32-42) and three times he will renew his commitment to Jesus after the Resurrection (Jn 21:15-17).

the cock crowed: Possibly the Roman bugle call that signaled the end of the “cockcrow” at about 3 A.M.