Gospel of John 13: 21-33, 36-38 Reflection:
We have entered the drama of Holy Week, the climax of the Church year and the story of our salvation. Jesus is willingly going to his death, knowing somehow that this is the Father’s will for him.
In today’s gospel we are at the Last Supper where Jesus predicts that one of the apostles is about to betray him. John uses an interesting line to tell of the predicament of Judas; he says, “Satan entered into him.”
In a world where so much evil is perpetrated and so many people do not know how to account for this evil, John cuts through all the talk and gets to the point: Satan enters into him.
In this day and age we have a name and an excuse for all sorts of behaviour but Christian teaching is slightly different from that of the world: there is a devil, he hates God and all that is good. He hates people, even those who serve him, because it is the nature of evil to hate.
I like that phrase, ‘Satan entered him’ because in a world of so much evil it is obvious that some people consciously give themselves over to evil, they make decisions that they know are going to have grave consequences and decide to carry them out.
We are back to the choice of good and evil, choice showing that we have free will to choose one or the other.
When we meet Jesus only then shall we know how much free will was involved in our own decisions. But it is of faith that we have free will and if we are free we can choose either good or evil. Poor Judas choose the path of evil!