May we never betray Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

March 30, 2021 

TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

WORD of the DAY 

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant… He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot… Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now?  I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”   (John 13: 21,25-26,33,36-38)

How shall I live this Word?   

The gratuitousness of the excess of Jesus’ love is not understood and recognized even by His followers, by these disciples who reflect our fragile and presumptuous humanity, touched by evil and selfishness and try to find solutions very far from the Father’s Will.  Jesus’ love is not welcomed by the heart of Judas. Jesus, with meekness and gratuitousness transforms the darkness of betrayal into a voluntary surrender.  “What you want to do, do quickly.” It is not understood even by Peter, convinced that he is capable of doing everything for the Master. “I will give my life for you!”  “Will you lay down your life for me?” In front of God’s self-giving, we can neither hide ourselves, like Judas, nor want to ‘raise ourselves to the height of God’, like Peter. We can only learn to accept God’s free gift with humility and gratitude, otherwise we risk betraying Him.    “One of you will betray me.”

The Voice of  Pope Francis, Meditation 26 March 2013

It was night when Judas came out of the Upper Room. It was night outside and inside him. But there is another night, a “temporary” night that everyone knows and in which, beyond the darkness, there is always hope. It is the night of the sinner who meets Jesus again, His forgiveness, the “caress of the Lord”. Let us open our hearts and savor the “sweetness” of this forgiveness. The same sweetness that was expressed in the gaze turned by Christ to Peter who had denied Him. “How beautiful it is to be holy, but also how beautiful it is to be forgiven.”

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E-mail: srmterzo@gmail.com  Website: www.sanbiagio.org  info@sanbiagio.org  Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com   Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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