This statue of Peter and Jesus at Mensa Christi contains within it the whole story of Peter’s restoration.
Peter kneels and lifts his hand towards Jesus’ heart, almost pleading – “You know that I love you Lord”. Jesus takes that love, and both blesses Peter and also takes the gaze that Peter fixes on him and looks outward to the world. They do not touch with these outstretched hands but are linked by the crook. Peter is asked if he loves Jesus. He replies that he does, and then is told to feed Jesus’ sheep. This is a task that is shared with Christ. It comes from Christ to Peter as a great commission to him. Just as Mary could not cling to Jesus so Peter cannot touch Jesus […]