Jesus Responds to Peter
In the last saying of the Gospel of Thomas, number 114, Peter complains to Jesus that he wants Mary to leave because women aren't worthy of life. Peter, by his own words (in the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and other texts), shows that he is a man who is intolerant of women in general and Mary Magdalene in particular. He is truly a man of patriarchal times. In spite of having a wife, Peter has little patience for women in a man's discourse with other men. He doesn't hide his feelings toward Mary Magdalene. Peter seems to be saying that women cannot receive salvation and eternal life because they are not worthy. But could he really mean that? Could not women, like men, become spiritually mature? Could not women also become solitary sojourners on the path to renunciation of the world of flesh and matter? Jesus seemed to think they could, because he admitted them to his inner circle. He healed them, trusted them, and taught them. He knew Peter's heart and also his impulsiveness. Jesus did not banish Mary Magdalene as Peter had demanded.