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May 4, 2022


After Christ's resurrection, the angel said to the Marys "tell His disciples; and Peter; that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, " (Mark 16:7). Does mentioning Peter by name mean that he was preferable to other disciples?


The Lord wished to give Peter special care because he was perturbed about himself and about his destiny after his denial, blasphemy, denunciation and saying " I do not know the Him. " (Luke 22:57).

If the Lord applied to Peter the text " he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. " (Luke 12:9) he would perish.

He mentioned Peter by name as a kind of sympathy and consolation because of denial and sin.

Perhaps he was too ashamed of the Lord to be able to meet Him without a special call.

Don't, you see with me that Adam, after he had sinned hid from the face of God and was afraid of Him?

When the Lord God called to him "Where are you?”, he answered "I heard Your voice in the garden,
and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." (Gen 3:9).

Peter was in the same situation.

He was in need of a special call by name.

Thus, the matter is not a subject of headship or preference but consoling a poor person.

Pope Shenouda III

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