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Tuesday of Holy Week

April 8, 2020

Tuesday of Holy Week

April 7, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Isaiah 49:1-6

Psalm 71

John 13:21-33, 36-38


Sisters and brothers, this is the week to have our eyes checked.  We must ask ourselves what are we to focus on during Holy Week, ourselves or on Jesus?

The focus on Holy Week and of the Triduum is very simple.  The words from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrew’s (12:2) are to “Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” can help us keep our Lord in the forefront of our minds and in the depths of our hearts.  All this week we consider what God has accomplished for us through the paschal mystery.

The Jesus portrayed by John in today’s Gospel narrative is the one who is always composed, always attentive, and always focused on His mission.  The reason for this is simple.  Our Lord knows that, as He acts He is glorified and He in turn gives glory to God. 

But what of Judas and what of Peter?  Judas will betray Him and Peter will deny Him.  Even today, in our time, many betray and deny Jesus due to spiritual blindness. 

Judas and Peter are not the main focus of today’s story.  In the same way, our own betrayal and denial of Jesus is not the main focus of the story.  Not that it is insignificant or trivial, but all these betrayals are less important than Jesus’ glorification on the cross.  That is when Jesus truly reveals God in His glory.

Our world is currently focused on the Coronavirus pandemic.  We are doing the best we can by following the guidelines of our government representatives in order to keep each one of us safe in order to stem the further spread of this deadly virus.  Due to our many distractions it is easy for us to our loose focus and not “Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.”   Needless to say we need Him more than ever.

During Holy Week we are privileged to witness the dependence of our Lord Jesus on His Father.  We are invited to pray for a true knowledge of our own dependence, on God alone. 

Question of the Day:  How will you remove any spiritual blindness that you may possess and bring Jesus into full focus?

Prayer:  “He blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they might not see with their eyes and understand with their heart and be converted, and I would heal them.”  (John 12:40) 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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