Monday, April 15, 2019
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
April 16, 2019 - TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Is 49: 1 – 6 / Jn 13: 21 – 33, 36 – 38
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 49: 5 –6
And now Yahweh has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him. He said, "Tis not enough that you be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob, to bring back the remnant of Israel. I will make you the light of the nations, that my salvation will reach to the ends of the earth."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 13:21 – 27, 31 – 32, 36 – 38
After saying this, Jesus was distressed in spirit and said plainly, "Truly, one of you will betray me." The disciples then looked at one another, wondering who he meant. One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining near Jesus; so Simon Peter signaled to him to ask whom he meant.
And the disciple who was reclining near Jesus asked him, "Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "I shall dip a piece of bread in the dish, and he to whom I give it, is the one."
So Jesus dipped the bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And as Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus then said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly." . . .
When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. God will glorify him and he will glorify him very soon." . . .
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but afterwards you will." Peter said, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I am ready to give my life for you." Jesus answered, "To give your life for me! Truly, I tell you, the cock will not crow before you have denied me three times."
We would be foolish to think we could be faithful to Christ on our own. We know our weaknesses and failures; we find that, while the spirit may be willing, our flesh is weak. While we may have good intentions, we often succumb to temptation and fall into sin. But we know that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be faithful to Christ.
In the Gospel reading we see Judas leave the supper room to finalize his betrayal of Jesus. We also hear Peter profess his complete devotion to Jesus, even unto death; we hear Jesus predict Peter's betrayal of him before simple housemaids.
After his betrayal of Jesus, Judas realized his sin, "I have sinned by betraying an innocent man to death" and hanged himself. (Mt 27: 4 -5) After his betrayal of Jesus, Peter remembered the words of Jesus and "went away weeping bitterly." (Mt 26:75)
What do we do after we sin against the loving God?
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Harry, Helen & Christopher Chua
Have a good day!
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