Tuesday, April 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 13:21-33.36-38.
Tuesday of Holy Week
15 APRIL 2014
Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
«Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.»
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:21-33.36-38.
Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
«Amen, amen, I say to you,
one of you will betray me.»
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and (took it and) handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.
After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him,
“What you are going to do, do quickly.”
(Now) none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag,
Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor.
So he took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.
When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified,
and God is glorified in him.
(If God is glorified in him,) God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
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’t I 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.”
Tuesday of Holy Week
Commentary of the day
Saint Maximus of Turin
Sermon 36 ; PL 57, 605
« Judas, went over to Jésus…, and kissed him. The rest laid hands on him and arrested him » (Mk 14,45f)
Peace is a gift of Christ’s resurrection. On the threshold of death he did not hesitate to give this peace to the disciple who betrayed him; he kissed the traitor just as he kissed his faithful friend. Don’t imagine that the kiss our Lord gave to Judas Iscariot was motivated by any other feeling than affection. Christ already knew that Judas would betray him. He knew what this sign of love meant and he did not conceal himself. This indeed is friendship: to him who is to die it does not refuse a last embrace; to its loved ones it does not withhold this last act of gentleness. However, Jesus also hoped that his impulse would confound Judas and, taken aback by his goodness, he would not betray the one he loved, would not deliver up the one he embraced. Thus this kiss was bestowed as a kind of test: if it raised him up then it was a bond of peace between Jesus and his disciple; if Judas betrayed him then this wicked kiss became his own accusation.
Our Lord said: “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Lk 22,48). Where is the enemy’s plot? Where is his deception hidden? Every secret is uncovered. The traitor betrays himself before he betrays his lord. Do you deliver up the Son of Man with a kiss? Do you wound with the seal of love? Do you shed blood with the gesture of affection? Do you carry death with the sign of peace? Tell me, what kind of love is this? You kiss and you threaten? But those kisses with which the servant betrays his Lord, the disciple his master, the chosen one his Creator: those kisses are no kisses but poison.