Judas Betrayal & Peters Denial
Reflection on the Gospel of the Tuesday
It is so heart warming to read the evangelist John mentioning in today’s Gospel ‘𝙅𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙞𝙩’. Yes, Jesus was indeed troubled in spirit, knowing that one of his disciples would betray him. He was aware too that a horrible death was approaching Him.
Even in the mist of His inner turmoil, Jesus highlights a more mysterious side to what was about to happen. The Son in His passion and death glorifies the Father, by being obedient to His will. The Father in turn glorifies the Son by accepting gladly His fidelity and crowning Him with glory and honour. Isn’t there a great lesson for us to learn here? In the centre of our own personal turmoil’s are we willing to see/feel the fidelity of Jesus that is He being with us through all of it? In the mist of our waiting and the searching, in the healing and the hurting, every minute, every moment Jesus is there to glory Himself through our turmoil’s.
Jesus also sees how Peter is caught between what he said “𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪” and what he did “𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙮, 𝙄 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙘𝙠 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨”. Don’t we too swing back and forth like Peter did? In this holy week and forever let us know in the certainty of Jesus’ love that there is always another day, another chance, another joy in our following of Jesus, in spite our weakness and failing to follow Him at certain times.