Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Tuesday of Holy Week

IS 49:1-6

PS 71:1-2, 3-4A, 5AB-6AB, 15 AND 17

JN 13:21-33, 36-38

The readings for the day can be found here.


In John’s Gospel today we read an account of the Last Supper.  It is at this time that Christ gathers his friends together for what he knows to be his final meal before his passion and death.  The passage draws a great deal of attention to perhaps the most famous and infamous of Jesus’ apostles, Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot.  In this passage we see each of these men leading towards their lowest point.  In just a few hours Peter would deny Jesus three times and Judas would hand the Lord over to die.

Two of Jesus’ most trusted friends were both hours from abandoning him.  They were scared, and they fell just like all of us have.  We are all broken, but what these two men did after their fall is what defined them.  Judas did not reconcile with his transgression, instead taking his own life.  While Judas chose the path away from Christ, Peter stands as an example to all of us.  Peter lived up to his call even after his fall and within his brokenness.  Later at Pentecost he stood as the leader of the apostles and began the Christian ministry to the ends of the earth.

In the first reading from Isaiah, God reminds us of our worth in his eyes.  The words of this reading are powerful beyond measure.  From the very beginnings of life God had a plan for you.  Not only to believe, but to be a weapon for God. Though not one of us is perfect, we are all called.  We are called to be God’s vessel to bring more souls to Him.  Isaiah’s call goes beyond the world he knew, to be a light to all nations.

Today I ask that you would reflect on Peter.  Like all of us, he was an imperfect sinner.  God loved him through all of his mistakes and rewarded his faith with the grace to spread God’s glory.  The same Spirit that called Peter to change the world forever calls each of us.  We all fall, and especially in this Lenten season we take stock of our faults and prepare our hearts for Jesus.  It is not our darkness that defines us, but how we seek out the light from our darkness.  We are each called as individuals to be like Peter and answer the call of Isaiah and of God to set the world ablaze by making manifest the glory of God.

Adam Dirnberger is a Sophomore Theology and Philosophy double major with a minor in Urban Social Analysis.  Adam is originally from St. Charles, MO and is currently studying in Rome.  He is active in the Micah Program, Alpha Phi Omega, Billiken Buddies, Oriflamme, and is a vocalist for the Upper Room Band and the Spanish Mass Choir.

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