The Betrayal of Christ by Giuseppe Cesari
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus.
Simon Peter was a brave man with a good heart, but he was impetuous. When confronted with force, he responded in kind. There are times when force is the appropriate response, but this was not one of them. Peter had a lack of understanding. Jesus knew this was all part of the plan.
Today, we need to be careful not to follow Peter’s example. The Church is under vicious and unrelenting attack. We must guard against a tone and spirit that does not reflect Jesus. We are called to lead others to Christ; we will never drive others to Christ. I have very clear political leanings and I embrace certain ideological positions, but I must be careful not to fight the wrong battles. Jesus could have called down armies of angels, but instead he humbly continued to speak the truth. We must not compromise the truth, but we must always speak it in love.