March 27, 2018
(Tuesday of Holy Week)
Jesus said, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”
Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, 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? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” Jn_13:21-33,36-38
If you ever went food shopping when you were hungry, when you were starving, you’d know the temptation to fill three shopping carts full of all kinds of food you’d probably never eat. Peter was so hungry for the Lord, he believed he could even die for him. But when the actual event happened, Peter, in reality, fell away, just like all the rest (except John), for fear of his own life!
Now there’s a scary thought. Are we hanging on to the Lord just to satisfy our own hunger, beloved? Or are we so truly connected to Jesus, like John, that we would even go into the bull ring with him? Saying we have faith is one thing. But actually taking the steps into the unknown, into the risk, is where our true faith will be tested. How willing am I to walk along with Jesus through His Passion? How willing am I to sit beside His cross, to comfort His mom, to follow Him – all the way back Home?
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