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Gospel - March 31, 2015


Tuesday of Holy Week
JN 13:21-33, 36-38


Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.

So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’”

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.”

Peter said to him, “Lord, 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? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.”

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Reflection - March 31, 2015


The Gospel of John, more than any other of the Gospels, brings us face to face with the glory, the beauty, the love of God as revealed in the person of Jesus. And not only who God is as beauty, love, goodness; but who we are in God—those who allow ourselves to love.

For John everything seems to start from the cross, as if he were concerned with telling us more about what flows from Jesus’ sacrifice than what leads to it. He tells us that the humiliation of the cross can become a life-giving mystery in which the one who assumed our humanity enables us to imitate the divinity of his love—to do what he did.

Jesus knows. He knows the world—he knows what rejection and betrayal are. He knows the suffering of death—he cried when Lazarus died. He knows the malice of the human heart—he shared a meal with Judas. And still he loved the world till the end, till the extreme consequences. Jesus knows, then, and still he loves. He died precisely because he made himself vulnerable to the hurt that comes in choosing to relate to others in love.

Because Jesus remained faithful, obedient, and loving, we are established in a new relationship with God. We who follow after Jesus, therefore, can only go where he goes. To know, to experience the world, and still to love—this is our vocation. To follow where Jesus goes means to feel responsible for those close to us and those unlike us at all; to forgive those who harmed us, or even are likely to do so in the future; to accept the worldly experience of suffering and death—spiritual or physical—not with resignation, but with a loving, hopeful attitude of trust in the Father’s love for us. And the suffering that is accepted in faith and love becomes, by the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, the seed of resurrection.

To do what Jesus did means indeed to love and to care for others—to love even when not understood; to love when we are forgotten or betrayed; to love even if this leads us to a cross.

Sister Kathleen Cannon, O.P.
Associate Dean of the College of Science

 

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Prayer - March 31, 2015


On this Tuesday of Holy Week, Lord Jesus, we hear of the betrayal you suffered from Judas and of the foolish boasts of Peter. Their actions seem only to have reinforced your sense that you would suffer after being abandoned by many. Forgive our betrayals, our foolishness, our unwillingness to attend to those in need. May we learn not to fear suffering, and share your own openness to God’s will. You live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Father Paul Kollman, C.S.C.

 

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