The Passover meal is prepared, the disciples are gathered around Jesus, and with sorrow the Lord announces that a betrayer is in their midst. The point? There is no spin or sugar coating salvation history as we embark on the Sacred Triduum. For in the midst of human darkness and sin, the Son of God will shine the light of grace upon our world.
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.
In the heart of the Last Supper we see two clear examples of human weakness. Both Judas and Peter will betray Jesus, and their examples offer us two different responses to sin. Which option will we choose?
The Lord – who knows that the agony of the Cross is coming – tells his disciples that one of them will betray him. As we now prepare to embark into the Sacred Triduum of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, may we acknowledge our sins and receive the mercy of the Lord.
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.