Posted by: livingscripture | April 11, 2017

Tuesday of Holy Week

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

When he had said this, 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. (John 13: 21-26)

How shall I live this Word?

It is the solemn and intimate time of the supper.  The Master confides to His own, His dream of unity and the secret of His mission.  The atmosphere of this gathering in the Cenacle should have been laden with the sacred memory of Israel but is now tinted with the dark shadow of betrayal.  It is one of the disciples who will betray Jesus.  It is up to John, the beloved, to communicate his name.  The dramatic response is given to the “one who enjoyed the trust of the Master, who dares to ask Him the questions no one else would ask”.  And the beloved disciple, whose tenderness Jesus still seems to need in this profound time of solitude and bitterness.

We are also asked in these holy days to remain close to  Him who went to His death for us.  Like John, we ae asked to love Him for those who do not love Him.  We are asked to pray for those who do not pray.  In exchange we will feel loved in a gratuitous way, beyond our imagining.

The voice of Cardinal Martini

 The invitation is to examine ourselves on this question: how do I cultivate remaining with Jesus in personal and silent prayer, in Eucharistic adoration, in the Liturgy, in the Mass, in entrusting my whole self to Him, that is not only an objective fact but also one of great subjective and emotive richness?

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