Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27 - Tuesday of Holy Week

­­+ The drama of the great salvation events is beginning to unfold rapidly now: in the first reading we are reminded by Isaiah the prophet that a primary activity of the upcoming tragic events, when the God / Man will be killed by jealous, envious and frightened people, with darkened, closed, and self-seeking minds: it was to bring Light to this very cursed darkness that he went through with all of it.

And how great the darkness was: for thousands of years only those who were gifted with a glimmer of the forthcoming light, the chosen people of God – were the bearers true hope.

In the gospel passage on this Tuesday of Holy Week we see an example of two who wrestle, in the very presence of Jesus, while the salvific events were unfolding, with the darkness: one fatally so, and the other mercifully temporarily.

Judas Iscariot was destined to act as betrayer of Jesus, to hand him over to the Romans for “processing” – but he always had the preeminent choice of free-will. His life did not have to end tragically.

Peter on the other hand denied he even know Jesus, again as a predetermined part of the whole amazing drama – but once he play his part by saying what he said: so that we could hear that sometimes it is possible for us even now – to deny Jesus, by selfish choices to save our own skin – that we can change our minds, and even weep for our “hour in the darkness”!

Later Jesus would use the same three-part dynamic for Peter to affirm his love for Jesus, and to do what he intends for Peter to do: as the head of the apostles and the Church of Christ’s Mystical Body! "Feed my lambs, feed my lambs, feed my sheep!"

This is the Week when we slow down, pause, and in silence reflect on our real relationship with Jesus, and if there are any modifications to make deep in our hearts, then we make them, with tears and sighs and inexpressible remorse, sometimes, as we will look up at him, on Friday afternoon, of the One, our sins put there!

Hail to you, dear Jesus, our Lord and King, who has been led to your crucifixion like a gentle lamb to the slaughter.

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