After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”
Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. 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.’
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, 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? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In today’s readings we can see that what is most exceptional about these holy days is how they are so ordinary: a meal like so many thousands of other meals, a trial like the millions of people on trial and in jails today, an execution so commonplace it was grouped in with two other state criminals.
Yet, we want this Lent to be exceptional, the one where we finally figure it out, where we actually get it right. We long for this Holy Week to be the one where it clicks and we are changed forever.
In the midst of all his ordinariness and ours, Christ explains that is precisely in the ordinary where glory comes. What makes his ordinary days so extra-ordinary is that Christ’s will and the Father’s will are one. So too, for us, glory comes breaking in and charges our ordinary world when God’s will and our will are one.
Who does God long for me to become in my own ordinary days? How does God long to fill my ordinary world with his glory?
—Cyril Pinchak, S.J. is a first year theology student at Regis College in Toronto. He taught previously at University of Detroit High School & Academy in Detroit, MI.
Life-giving God, in your plan of salvation Jesus Christ accepted the cross, teaching us how to live our ordinary days in your love and grace. Strengthen our hearts these days of Holy Week and renew our hope in the everlasting life Jesus promises. Amen.
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