March 12, 2006
[Third in a six-part Lenten series on "Mystical Images"]
Anthropologists tell us that men and women have different congenital flaws. For men, it would seem that the flaw that's more particularly encoded in our DNA is betrayal. We have a history of running away when things get tough, of not keeping promises, and of selling out in the face of temptation.
It's not that women are immune from this, but as even the gospels highlight, men have a history here. In Mark's gospel, for instance, all the men betray Jesus, without a single exception. Indeed, in his gospel, the final words that Peter, the head of the church, speaks are words of betrayal: "I do not know the man!"
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