In John 13:21-33, we read that while Jesus was reclining at the table during His last supper, He was deeply troubled. Why was He troubled? Jesus was aware of the events about to unfold. He anticipated the coming agony. Growing up in a Roman territory, Jesus had most likely witnessed the barbaric way in which the Romans executed their prisoners. He knew also that this was His time. He knew why He came to earth. Still, deep within His heart, He felt the emotional pain of knowing that someone He loved deeply was about to betray Him. “Master, who is it?” This is the question that the disciples asked. What was His answer? Please read more……
John’s Gospel goes on to tell us that Jesus was sitting with His inner circle of closest friends. He had traveled the countryside with these men. For three years they built their friendships. Together they had witnessed miracles. Now, here they were sharing a meal together.
I am writing this on the Tuesday of Holy Week. Beginning with the readings of the passion narratives on Palm Sunday and continuing through Good Friday, our focus is on our Lord’s suffering and death. It is often hard to accept that He endured all of this suffering so that we could one day be with Him in paradise.
I am purposely keeping today’s message brief, because the question that I am about to purpose to you requires much prayer and contemplation before you attempt to answer it.
Judas was Jesus’ friend. Like Judas, we too have Jesus as our friend. Judas had witnessed many miracles in His life. He had seen the power of God. If you and I are honest, we too, have witnessed miracles in our life and we have also seen the power of God. Judas had experienced the love of His Lord. You and I have felt the love of God as well. Jesus was about to break bread with Judas. Throughout our life, every time we have had a meal, our food was a gift from God and Jesus was there present with us as we ate.
I encourage you to ponder the following question from now until the immense joy of sunrise on Easter morning.
Knowing how much pain Jesus endured for us, knowing that Jesus died for us, knowing how much Jesus has blessed us, knowing how much Jesus longs for us to be with Him in Heaven, I ask you this: how is it that we so frequently betray Jesus with our sinfulness?
When Jesus answered the Disciples question: “Master, who is it?”
Did He say your name?
Heavenly Father, I cannot begin to fathom the enormity of the love your Son has for me. He endured so much in order to pay the price for my sins. Thank you Almighty Father, for the gift of your Son. In Him, I place my trust, my faith and my hope for eternal life. Amen.
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I want to thank everyone at Our Lady of the Springs in Ocala, FL who made this past weekend’s retreat a Christ filled experience. Thank you for your gracious hospitality. I was blessed to spend this time with you. May God’s blessings be with you.