Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

April 11, 2017 – Tuesday of Holy Week

Hail to you, our King, obedient to the Father; you were led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (13:21-33, 36-38)

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.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out 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.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
“Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

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.”

Reflect: Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me. What a challenging hour this must have been for Jesus. He has the divine insight to know that Judas, one of his beloved twelve apostles will betray him. Not only that, but later that night Peter, the Rock, will deny Jesus three times. Could it get any worse? How about being whipped, tortured, made to carry the cross, nailed to the cross, ridiculed and rejected, and, finally, he dies.  Everything he came into the world for is seemingly slipping away. He preached forgiveness, peace, healing and love. In turn, he is condemned, ripped apart, mocked and hated. As much as we’d like to think that we have faith and that we never would have treated Jesus like that, Judas and Peter are not alone. Our sins, our pride, our fears continue to be a source of ridicule, rejection, mockery and condemnation of Jesus. One of the painful realities of Holy Week is that we must recognize that even as people of faith, we often fall dramatically short of what Jesus calls us to live. The good news is that Jesus is loving and merciful and is ever willing to forgive us and help us with his grace to try again – if we are remorseful and contrite for our sins.  The bad news is that we have only one life to live and we often don’t take advantage of the opportunities that Jesus provides us in order to be instruments in bringing his Kingdom on earth to fruition.  May Holy Week be an opportunity for us to grow closer to Jesus so that we might become more intentional with our choices to make Jesus and his truth known with our life. God forbid that we hear the words of Jesus at our judgment day, “Amen, amen, you have betrayed me.”

Questions: How might I be betraying Jesus or denying him by the choices I’m making in life?  How might I change so that I can better cooperate with God’s grace to build up his Kingdom here on earth? Ultimately, what do I want my relationship with Jesus to reflect to the world?

Pray: Loving God, show me your mercy. Give me the grace to proclaim your name and your truth with courage, conviction and perseverance.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

God did not spare his own Son, but handed him over for us all.

 

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