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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 26, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Is it not painful when someone we love turns against us? How the hurt and the sense of loss lingers? Yet do we not do the same to others we love?

While we should not be naive to think that we will be in the company of loyal and trustworthy people. Should we live in fear of betrayal? Suspicious of everyone? Or do we go about our duties, always in love and charity, praying and discerning good from evil?

We are who we are by the fruits we bear. What fruits do I want to offer to my Lord? Our bitter actions often speak louder than any sweet words we can utter and yet do we think they are well hidden?  Do we yet receive and bring judgement upon ourselves?

When we allow anger and hurts to fester does it not lead to plans of retaliation? Destruction? Are we then not allowing the devil full control? Have we not learnt that we can always turn back to Jesus? To love and be loved? Even to the very last second? If not then He will not hinder our choice of the former, our spiritual demise will be swift!

The path of the cross is a straight and narrow and seemingly long and impossible however when we abandon all self righteousness, all wordly desires and begin to walk in love and humility, we walk able and tall for He walks with us. Let us walk in the footsteps of our Lord who leads us to our Heavenly Father. Amen

GOSPEL 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.”