The Master and Margarita

First of all let us reveal the secret which the master did not wish to reveal to Ivanushka. His beloved’s name was Margarita1 Nikolaevna. Everything the master told the poor poet about her was the exact truth. He described his beloved correctly. She was beautiful and intelligent. To that one more thing must be added: it can be said with certainty that many women would have given anything to exchange their lives for the life of Margarita Nikolaevna. The childless thirty-year-old Margarita was the wife of a very prominent specialist, who, moreover, had made a very important discovery of state significance. Her husband was young, handsome, kind, honest, and adored his wife. The two of them, Margarita and her husband, occupied the entire top floor of a magnificent house in a garden on one of the lanes near the Arbat. A charming place! Anyone can be convinced of it who wishes to visit this garden. Let them inquire of me, and I will give them the address, show them the way – the house stands untouched to this day.

Mikhail Bulgakov “The Master and Margarita (Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)”




My hunch from some time back was not wrong. What are the Japanese peasants looking for in me? These people who work and live and die like beasts find for the first time in which they can cast away the fetters that bind them. The Buddhist bonzes simply treat them like cattle. For a long time they have just lived in resignation to such a fate.

from Shusaku Endo “Silence” (Translated by William Johnson)



Denial of Peter

Jesus Predicts the Denial of Peter
Matthew 26:31-35 (Mark 14:32-43; Luke 22:31-34; John “13:36-38)

(31-32) Jesus told his disciples, “Tonight, you will all go away from me as it is written by the Prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 13:7, ‘I will strike the shepherd. The sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But I will rise from the dead, and I will see you again in Galilee.”
(33-35) Peter said, “If everyone else goes away from you, I will never leave you.” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth: You will say that you do not know me three times before the rooster crows.” Peter said, “I will die for you! I will never say I do not know you!” All the apostles said the same words as Peter.

Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Matthew 26:69-75 (Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18)

(69-73) Peter sat in the courtyard of the high priest, and a servant girl said to him, “You were with Jesus of Galilee.” Peter said, “No, I do not know Jesus.” Peter went to the gate, and another girl said, “This man is a follower of Jesus of Nazareth.” Peter said with an oath, “I do not know Jesus!” A man went up to Peter and said, “Yes, you are a follower of Jesus. You speak with an accent like someone from Galilee.”
(74-75) Peter began to curse himself and swear, “I do not know Jesus!” A rooster crowed. Peter remembered what Jesus had said, “Before the rooster crows, you will say you do not know me three times.” Peter went outside and cried bitterly.

Excerpt From: Andrew Jackson. “International English Bible New Testament.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/i5aKC.l