Gospel: Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 “Announcement of Judas’s Betrayal“
April 16, 2019 | Tuesday
When he had left, 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 I not 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.”
In today’s Gospel reading we see how John and Jesus show the depth of their friendship. Peter does not dare to ask Jesus who Jesus’ betrayer will be. But Peter signals John to ask Jesus, knowing that Jesus would not hide anything from his favorite disciple and best friend. John, who was placed next to Jesus and who was actually “reclining near Jesus” does not hesitate to whisper to his friend, ‘Lord, who is it?’ And does Jesus keep his secret? No, he shares it with his friend in total trust: “I shall dip a piece of bread in the dish, and he to whom I give it, is the one.” John is the only disciple who showed up at the foot of the cross, in the process taking the risk of being crucified with Jesus. Such was the friendship between John and Jesus. Could I say that Jesus is my best friend?