Gospel of John 13:21-33, 36-38 Reflection:
Today we are introduced to two of the main characters of the passion narrative, Peter and Judas. Jesus declares that one of the twelve is going to betray him. There is consternation among the apostles as to whom this could be. Peter swears undying loyalty to Jesus but Jesus tells Peter of his denials. Peter is not best pleased.
Both prophecies turn out to be true: Judas sells Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave, and Peter denies Jesus three times.
We can all see ourselves in Judas and Peter, the times we sell ourselves and our principles short for a few pieces of silver and the times when we deny Jesus in our hearts. The story of the passion is nothing if it is not very, very human; the strength of the man of humility and the weakness of the rest of us come to the fore.
There is something of great dignity in this week, the feeling that Jesus is waiting for the final showdown, that all is coming to a conclusion in the way that he always knew it would. If we steep ourselves in this expectant waiting then we can feel both the tension in the air and the calmness of Jesus as he walks straight on, ready to do the Father’s will no matter what.
We have to look at the great saints of history to see people so prepared to do God’s will; that is what makes them great saints. But walking with Jesus towards his passion and death helps us in our own lives, it teaches us that God is always with us, no matter where we are.