“Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in Rome

In this story, Peter is fleeing Rome, where persecution is rampant. As he walks down the road that leads out of Rome, he encounters Christ…walking on the same road, but towards Rome. Surprised by this encounter, Peter asks Jesus, “Quo Vadis?” Wearily, Jesus looks at Peter and tells him, “I am going to Rome to be crucified again.” Christ appearing to Peter on Via Appia by Annabel Carracci (c. 1602, Public Domain) As the story goes, this encounter led Peter to turn around and go back to Rome where he was indeed crucified. The Relatable Apostle I have always loved Peter’s “cringe-worthiness.” We’ve all had those moments in life when we say something we later regret, and end up re-playing it in our heads, over and over again. I love that Peter has so many of these moments in the Gospels (and must have had even more in his lifetime). Peter says the first thing he is thinking, for better or worse. He acts impetuously, but with conviction (like cutting off the ear of a man in Gethsemane). He does what he thinks is right, and he does it with a passion.

“Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in Rome

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