Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

READ:

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.”

-John 13:21-33, 36-38

REFLECT:

Judas and St. Peter both failed Jesus.  While St. Peter’s failure was not as egregious, he still denied Christ to avoid suffering.  It was through his repentance that Jesus forgave Him.  That wasn’t necessarily an easy thing for Jesus to do.  We know that Jesus is fully man, and such forgiveness would be hard for us.  Remember, He was deeply troubled and in agony with his impending passion, and in His passion He suffered greatly, both physically and emotionally.  St. Peter added to Jesus’ wounds by denying Him.  But Jesus forgave Him still.  Despite how disappointed and righteously angry Jesus would have been, He forgave St. Peter as soon as he asked for it.

Can you imitate Christ and His willingness to forgive?

RESPOND:

As we journey with Christ towards His passion, contemplate the pain he underwent emotionally.  Think about how terrible it hurt to have those closest to Him turn against Him.  Pray about how difficult it would have been for Him to forgive St. Peter.

Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive?  Has anyone betrayed you?  Is there something you can do to be more Christ-like in this relationship? 

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