TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
READ: JN 13:21-33, 36-38
Reclining at table with his disciples, 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. After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly." Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night. When he had left, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, 'Where I go you cannot come,' so now I say it to you." Simon Peter said to him, "Master, where are you going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later." 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."
Today and tomorrow the Gospel at Mass focuses on Judas' betrayal of Jesus. In particular, today we have the opportunity to reflect on Peter's foretold betrayal as well. We know the end of the story for both of these men that Jesus calls friend. Judas, in despair, will hang himself. Peter, through grace, will repent and receive forgiveness. Their betrayals of Jesus highlight two important realities: mortal sin, and the love that God gives us before, during, and after mortal sin. Let's listen to Fr. Mike as he dives deeper into this mystery.
Next confession is Wednesday from 6-8pm at Holy Redeemer, but you don't have to wait. Call a priest and make an appointment right now! Mabye you're thinking to yourself, "But Father is so busy I don't want to burden him". 1.Don't rationalize. 2.Realize that what would really burden Father is, if at the end of all things, he found out you didn't think he would be available enough to hear your confession.
How does this passage help us to better understand God's love?
How does this passage invite us to love God more?
What stood out to you in our reading?
R. I will sing of your salvation. In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord; my trust, O God, from my youth. On you I depend from birth; from my mother's womb you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. R. I will sing of your salvation.
What mortal sin do you need to repent of? How can you praise God if he has already helped you overcome mortal sin?
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