Posted by: livingscripture | March 30, 2010

Tuesday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day

 Simon 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: 37-38

 How should we live this Word

 The drama of betrayal does not regard only Judas!  Even Peter, the Master’s enthusiastic admirer and passionately bound to His person, is in fact fragile as well.  Jesus does not hesitate to warn him.  Peter will deny Him three times saying that he never knew Him and this, after declaring ardently that he would be ready to give his life for the Master.

 These are two stories of betrayal woven around the story of the greatest Love, that of the Man-God Jesus.  God finds no other way of telling of His infinite love than by giving His life.  Not even betrayal stops Him.  Rather, He transforms servants into His children, blood relations, and co-heirs.  It is up to us to raise our gaze from our egoism to meet the eyes of Tenderness become human, Jesus.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be provoked by these two stories, ever mindful of my personal capacity for betrayal.  I will boldly face this possibility.  Whether or not I have committed some grave act of betrayal, the fact remains that I always have the propensity for doing so.  How can I be saved?  Only by throwing myself into Jesus’ arms.

 Grant that Your gaze may penetrate me, Lord.  Grant that it may heal me and save me!

 The voice of St. Theresa of Lisieux, Saint and Doctor of the Church

 Poor Peter!  He sought to sustain himself instead of leaning on the strength of the Good God.  I am certain that if he had humbly said to Jesus, ‘I beg You, give me the courage to follow You unto death’, that courage would have been given to him immediately.



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