St. Peter's Denial of his Master.
BY REV. JAMES SAURINMatt. xxvi. 69, &;c. Luke xxii. 61, &c,.Now Peter sat without in the palace ; and a damselcame unto him, sai/in:^. Thou also wast wilh Jesusof Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, Iknow not what thou say est. And when he was goneout into the porch, another maid saw him, and saidunto them that were there, This fellow was also tvitk.Jesus of Nazareth. And a^ain he denied with an,oath^ I do not know the man. And after a whileeame unto him them that stood hy, and said to Peter,Surely, thou also art one of them, for thy speechbetray eth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear^saying, I know not the man. And immediately whilehe yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned,and looked upon Peter ; and Peter remembered theword of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Be-fore the cock crow, thou shall deny me thrice. AndPeter went out, and wept bitterly.T is laudable, my brethren, to form the noble de-sign of not beinsj moved by the presence of danger,and to cherish dignity of sentiment and thought.310 Si. Fetefs Denial of his Master.This virtue distin^uislies the heroes of our age, andit equally distinguishes the heroes of religion andpiety. They defy the whole universe to shake theirfaith ,' amid the greatest dangers, they adopt thislanguage of triumph : Who shall sepm'ate us fromthe love of Christ 1 Shall iribidaiion, or distress, orpersecidion, or famine^ or nakedness, or perd, or thesword? Nay, in all these things we are more than con^fjnerors, through kim that hath loved us, Rom, viii»34—30.But hoR^ laudable soever this disposition may be^it ought to be restricted ; it degenerates into pre-sumption, when carried to extremes. Many, notlinowing how to proportion their strength to theircourage, have fallen in the day of trial, and realizedthe wary maxiin, Thci/ that love the danger, shall per-ish by the danger. Tliis is exemplified in ihe persotiof St. Peter. His heart, gl:)wing with attachmentto his Master, every thing was promised from hiszeal. Seeing Jesus on the waters, he solicited per-mission to walk like the Saviour; but feeling hisfeet sink beneath the surface of tlie unstable waters-,