After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”
So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, 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? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved
In today’s Gospel Jesus announces to his disciples that one of them will betray him. The time period is right before the Passover Festival, and he and his disciples are sharing a meal. He has just washed their feet, which is a very humble act and one of sacrificial love for his disciples.
At this point in the Gospel, Jesus knows his time is near. He is deeply troubled in his spirit. How he must feel! He washed the feet of a man who in the next 24 hours will deny him three times. He washed the feet of another who will betray him with a kiss. He knows they will denounce him, yet he loves them.
Betrayal is one of the most painful human experiences. Why? Betrayal is preceded by love, friendship, dedication, and commitment. I have felt the sting of betrayal; I am sure you have as well. Jesus knows this hurt. He spent three years living alongside, laughing, loving, ministering to and with these men. Just as he knew these men would betray him and when, he knows when we will. David writes in Psalm 139, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”
Betrayal is deeply intimate. Personal. How does one recover? In my experience, I ask the Lord for help. I give myself time to grieve. When I feel I’m able, I talk to a close friend or a counselor. I implore you to seek help if you are drowning. Don’t go it alone.
-Mrs. Melissa Jones is the Director of Advancement at St. Louis U. High.
you chose to send your Son to set us free.
Grant that we your children
may put on the mind of Christ,
and so see all things according to your love.
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