Peter of Mark’s Gospel — A model for a Christian

As part of my theology classes, we have a seminar on the character called ‘Peter in the gospels’. I happened to read a little bit and found Peter as an interesting character in the Mark’s gospel. Why so?

As an introduction, Mark’s gospel is believed to be the first written gospel and Peter is definitely a main character in the gospel. He speaks a lot in the gospel, many a times as a representative for the twelve. Mark is considered to a disciple or friend of Peter. Now let’s see some of the mention of Peter in the gospel. (I am not mentioning all of 26 instances)

Based on these readings, what was the role of Peter in Mark’s gospel? Is he a hero? By no chance.

I would like to mention two other significant aspects, which are not in Mark’s gospel

Yes, the first-called, representative-disciple has many ups and downs (the figure of Jesus in Mathew or Luke is much more positive). A journey with Jesus is difficult and it is possible that we fall many a times. Hopefully we can get up again and again like Peter (to cry bitterly for our errors) and continue to walk towards Jesus. When Pope Francis as the successor of Peter preaches about MERCY again and again, I think he is also inviting us to that experience of Mercy, which Peter has experienced very many times.

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