Reflection for April 16, 2019: Tuesday of Holy Week.

dc.contributor.authorHamm, Dennis, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHamm, M. Dennis, S.J.en_US Ien_US Weeken_US
dc.description.abstractThis Tuesday of Passion Week, we begin to follow Jesus as he interacts with his disciples during the Last Supper. Today's Gospel passage focuses on Jesus' prophecies about Judas' betrayal and Peter's denial. He knows of Judas' plan to turn him over to the religious authorities. (To compel Jesus to assert himself as a revolutionary? To profit somehow from the inevitable rejection of Jesus? We can only guess Judas' motive.) Jesus also knows of Peter's weakness and how, after the arrest in the garden, that weakness will lead to his denial of even knowing Jesus. And still Jesus allows the betrayal and the denial to unfold without exposure or confrontation. Why? Because he trusts the Father, as we learn from Luke's report of the word from the cross, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."|Jesus may also be sustained by the vision of Isaiah expressed in today's first reading, the passage we have come to call the Second Servant Song. It is clear from the other parts of the New Testament that the Evangelists, and Paul too—when they wrote after Easter--understood Jesus to have fulfilled the role of Isaiah's Suffering Servant. It is also likely that Jesus understood his role as Messiah as fulfilling Isaiah's prophecy.  For though the Servant had reason to despair ("I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength"), he is assured by the Lord God that he will not only restore the tribes of Israel ("It is too little . . . for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel") but, even more, he will become "a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."|The fact is, Jesus was able to sustain the betrayal and denial of some of his closest friends and to hope that his followers would become not only  Isaiah's "restored Israel" but also "a light to the nations."|Lord Jesus, what happened to you in the betrayal and denial of friends, will likely happen to us as well, as we try in our own frail way to collaborate in your mission of being a light to the nations. Help us to hold up under those disappointments and to trust that our small efforts to follow you will somehow fit your larger plan of nothing less than the salvation of the world. This reflection was written by Dennis Hamm, S.J., for this day in 2014.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 258en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 49:1-6en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15, 17en_US
dc.subject.local4John 13:21-33, 36-38en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Week - Tuesdayen_US
dc.titleReflection for April 16, 2019: Tuesday of Holy Week.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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