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John 13:31-33,34-35

The Word of God

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:31-33,34-35
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    • When Judas steps out of the room, John states simply: 'And it was night'. The moment of darkness, of refusal of the Light, has arrived. Judas is presented as one of those who prefers the dark. And yet this hour is also the moment of glory, when we see the light of Christ in all its radiance.
    • It is moving to look back on this incident during our Easter celebrations of fire and light. It is as if we are looking back on the struggle, when darkness looked as if would extinguish the light. We are in bright morning, looking back with gratitude that an anxious, sleepless night is over.
    • And at this moment of betrayal, of Jesus' anguish that one of his chosen companions has turned away from him, that we are given a 'new commandment'. We might wonder about the tensions and the divisions within the community of the fourth gospel. Why do they need to be told and reminded- repeatedly! - to 'love one another'?
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    • Right through his final meal, Jesus has been revealing the depth of his love for his disciples. However, Judas’ heart is coarsened by greed: he moves from light into shadow-land, into the night. Hate replaces love, and betrayal replaces committed friendship.
    • Lord, like Judas, I can turn from you, lured by my own, autonomous ways. In this place of prayer let me recline on your heart, as the beloved disciple did. May I thus be attuned to the very heartbeat of God, and grow steadily in living in a loving mode.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Right through his final meal, Jesus has been revealing the depth of his love for his disciples. However, Judas’ heart is coarsened by greed: he moves from light into shadow-land, into the night. Hate replaces love, and betrayal replaces committed friendship.
    • Lord, like Judas, I can turn from you, lured by my own, autonomous ways. In this place of prayer let me recline on your heart, as the beloved disciple did. May I thus be attuned to the very heartbeat of God, and grow steadily in living in a loving mode.