‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ (John 13:27)
Humans instinctively seek to preserve their lives. We marvel and give honors to persons who put their life in jeopardy to save another.
Jesus steps out of the very human pattern of self-preservation, and we almost miss it. Jesus sees the dark clouds gathering on the horizon. Yet Jesus gives Judas permission to leave the table. No persuasion to change his mind. No underhanded statements to alert the rest of the apostles to the impending catastrophe. Jesus simply tells Judas to go and accomplish his plans quickly.
What must Jesus have felt after three years with this apostle? Jesus watched sadly as the man rose from the table, looked furtively around, and then backed out of the room.
Many times we are in a similar predicament. A painful situation comes into our life and with dignity we must live it fully, trusting in the Father’s overarching goodness, which alone can transform disaster into life.
— Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, FSP
Pslam 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 and 17)
John 13:21-33, 36-38
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