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April 12, 2022

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DG BookGospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38
After saying this, Jesus was distressed in spirit, and said plainly, “Truly, one of you will betray me.” The disciples then looked at one another,
wondering whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining near Jesus; so Simon Peter signaled him to ask Jesus
whom he meant. And the disciple, who was reclining near Jesus, asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “I shall dip a piece of bread

in the dish, and he to whom I give it, is the one.” So Jesus dipped the bread in the dish and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. As Judas took the
piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus then said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” None of the others, reclining at the table, understood
why Jesus had said this to Judas. As Judas had the common purse, they may have thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the
feast,” or, “Give something to the poor.” Judas left as soon as he had eaten the bread. It was night. When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son
of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. God will glorify him, and he will glorify him very soon. My children, I am with you for only a little while; you will
look for me, but as I already told the Jews, now I tell you: where I am going you cannot come. Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus
answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but afterward you will.” Peter said, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I am ready to give my life for
you.” “To give your life for me?” Jesus asked Peter. “Truly I tell you, the cock will not crow, before you have denied me three times.”

 

Reflection:

 

When Jesus announces the betrayal, what disturbs the
disciples is not the fact that Jesus will be betrayed but that
it will be one of them who does it! There is an eagerness to find
out who it is—if it is not me, it’s okay. Pilate was not the only one
used to washing one’s hands off. Peter goes one step further, as
he normally does, and declares that he is ready to give up his
life for Jesus. Mark puts it more bluntly in Peter’s mouth: “Even if
all the others fall away, I will not” (Mk 14: 29). Sadly, the focus for
nearly everyone is on absolving oneself, while the Master is left
alone in his grief of betrayal and death. If we closely examine our
own practicing of faith, perhaps we are no better off—as Peter
would realize to his horror, sooner than later.

 

 

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