Posted by: livingscripture | March 31, 2015

Tuesday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day 

“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”

                                                                     (John 13: 21)                                                 

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Today’s Gospel presents us with two sad predictions, the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter.  With an addition that may seem marginal, the evangelist writes, “it was night”.  It is always ‘dark’ to betray and not recognize the Lord who, in spite of everything, wants to forgive us and loves us.  He does not condemn us for our errors.  He knows our weaknesses.  He only asks us to repent in order to reintegrate us into His love as He did with Peter who cried bitterly over his sin.  Instead Judas fell into desperation and hanged himself.

We too are weak and often the night of sin, of betrayal, of violence, of evil arises in our personal and world history.  Even in these situations, Jesus is close to us.  He does not abandon us but helps us to overcome these situations.  As our Savior and Friend, He is ready to forgive and show mercy, we have only to raise our eyes to Him and atone for our sin.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall remain close to Jesus, trusting fully in His love and mercy to forgive my sins and set me on the right path.

Lord, Help me to overcome the nights of my life, walking in the light of Your love and confiding in Your immense tenderness.

The Voice of Fr. Primo Mazzolari

We can betray the friendship of Christ; Christ never betrays us, His friends,  even when we do not merit it; even when we turn our back on Him; even when we deny Him. Before His eyes and before His heart, we are always the Lord’s friends.  This is our joy that Christ gives Himself because He loves us, because Christ forgives us, because Christ does not want us to despair.  Even when we are against Him at every moment, remember that for Him, we are always His friends.

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