At the Last Supper, Jesus foretells the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. It is a dark moment, revealing to us both the reason why Christ came, and his commitment to offering his life on the Cross.
In the darkness of night Judas departs from the Last Supper to betray Jesus while Peter boasts that he will die for the Lord. This is the hour that the light of Christ will shine, inspiring us to look into our hearts and repent of our sins before the one who gives his life for our salvation.
We discover in the Gospel of John of the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. This is a dark hour in the history of our salvation, and it underscores the consequences of our actions and our reliance on God’s infinite grace.
The situation is intense at the Last Supper as Judas prepares to betray Jesus, and Peter’s boast is met with the foreshadowing that he will deny Christ three times. As we prepare for the Sacred Triduum we pause to reflect on the moments when we have betrayed or denied the Lord, asking God for mercy when we have sinned.
John’s Gospel today shows the Lord with a troubled heart as he announces that both Judas and Peter will deny him. In the same meal where the Christ left us the Eucharist he also acknowledges the weakness of his own disciples. It begs the question: When have we denied the Lord in our lives? When have we turned away from Jesus in a moment of temptation? May this Holy Week renew our faith and help us return to the one who died and rose that we might have a path that leads out of sin into newness of life.