Today’s gospel has a profound light and darkness contrast – copied at the end of the page. This is the commentary from the Irish Catholic Bishop’s website.
Gospel Reflection Tuesday in Holy Week
Three disciples feature in this morning’s gospel reading. Judas left the company of Jesus at table to go out into the night, rejecting the light and embracing the darkness of betrayal. Peter was full of good intentions, ‘I will lay down my life for you’, but couldn’t follow through on them, and went on to deny Jesus publicly three times. Then there is the disciple, described as ‘the disciple Jesus loved’. It is said of him that he was close to the bosom of Jesus. In the opening chapter of John’s gospel it was said of Jesus that he was close to the bosom of the Father. This disciple was as close to Jesus as Jesus was to his Father; he loved Jesus as Jesus loved his Father. He did not deny Jesus, much less betray him. He is the only male disciple found standing at the foot of the cross in this gospel. He is the ideal disciple, the disciple we are all called to become. Like him, we are all called to remain in Jesus’ love, as Jesus remains in his Father’s love; like him, we are to reveal the love of Jesus to others, as Jesus revealed his Father’s love to the world. Of the three disciples in the gospel reading, perhaps we instinctively identify with Peter. We know we are not ideal disciples. Like Peter, we have good intentions but we do not always carry through on them. Like him, we want to be faithful to Jesus, but sometimes our lives suggest otherwise. We see in Peter the person we are and in the beloved disciple the person we are called to be. Peter’s experience reassures us that when we deny Jesus, he does not deny us. When we fail the risen Lord asks us the same question he asked Peter, ‘Do you love me?’ It is a question that invites us to return once more to his love and to remain there, like the beloved disciple.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie
Gospel John 13:21-33, 36-38
One of you will betray me; before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.
While at supper with his disciples, Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, ‘I tell you most solemnly, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, wondering which he meant. The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus; Simon Peter signed to him and said, ‘Ask who it is he means’, so leaning back on Jesus’ breast he said, ‘Who is it, Lord?’ ‘lt is the one’ replied Jesus ‘to whom I give the piece of bread that I shall dip in the dish.’ He dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ None of the others at table understood the reason he said this. Since Judas had charge of the common fund, some of them thought Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’, or telling him to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out. Night had fallen. When he had gone Jesus said:
‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,
and in him God has been glorified.
If God has been glorified in him,
God will in turn glorify him in himself,
and will glorify him very soon.
My little children,
I shall not be with you much longer.
You will look for me,
and, as I told the Jews,
where I am going,
you cannot come.’
Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, where are you going?’
Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later’. Peter said to him, ‘Why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’
‘Lay down your life for me?’ answered Jesus.
‘I tell you most solemnly, before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.
The Gospel of the Lord.