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Monday, June 29, 2009

SS. Peter and Paul; "Angel"=sympathetic jailer?

It struck me that the "angel" in the reading from Acts 12: 1-11 might well have been a sympathetic jailer. "Angel" means "messenger." Now perhaps this was an otherworldly creature, but it strikes me as more likely that the particular servant of God who rescued Peter from the jail in Jerusalem as a secret Christian, or perhaps a jailer who did not like the way the death of James went down. How practical. A jailer would have the keys to the locks, and would be able to guide Peter to safety. He "disappeared" because he had to get back to work!


ArchAngel's Advocate said...

I'm always upset that they don't continue that reading for a few more verses so that dear ol' Rhoda could be embarrassed yet again (cf Acts 12:13-16)

gemoftheocean said...

I know. It's soooo laughable. "Hey, let me in, dumb-dumb!!!!" I bet Jesus laughed his butt off when PEter was sinking in the water too when he tried to walk on it. The origin of the "perhaps we should show him where the stones are, Father" joke.

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