Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Paradox of the Cross

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.98)
While at supper with his disciples, Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared, ‘I tell you most solemnly, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, wondering which he meant. The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus; Simon Peter signed to him and said, ‘Ask who it is he means’, so leaning back on Jesus’ breast he said, ‘Who is it, Lord?’
‘It is the one’ replied Jesus ‘to whom I give the piece of bread that I shall dip in the dish.’ He dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’
None of the others at table understood the reason he said this. Since Judas had charge of the common fund, some of them thought Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’, or telling him to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out. Night had fallen.
When he had gone Jesus said: ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified. If God has been glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will glorify him very soon. My little children. I shall not be with you much longer. You will look for me, and, as I told the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come.’
Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later.’ Peter said to him, ‘Why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ ‘Lay down your life for me?’ answered Jesus. ‘I tell you most solemnly, before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.’ (John 13: 21-33, 36-38)

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John 13 announces a turning point in the gospel of John and this section of the Gospel sometimes known as the Book of Glory.

For John the account of the crucifixion does not portray Jesus as one who just suffers, but as one who is exalted or lifted up in his moment of glorification.

The glory that had always been associated with the saving self-revelation of God, refers now in a unique way to the person of Jesus. Now in his crucifixion and resurrection we see how Jesus reflects the glory of God. In Jesus we see who God truly is.
Jesus refers to his disciples as little children. That is a term of great love and tenderness as they have not understood the true mission of Jesus even as they try to be faithful to him, in contrast to the religious leaders who were always hostile to Jesus.
It is the same with us today as we prepare for the Easter weekend. We are committed to Jesus but we are also subject to our own weaknesses.
Jesus offers forgiveness and healing to us, his little children, in the world today.

Accept his love and mercy in a new way this week.
Malcolm Davies
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.








Next Reflection: Colin Sutton  Wednesday 1st April, 2015

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First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Mark 14: 43-46
Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin  Luke 22:66-71
Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter  Matthew 26:69-75
Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Mark 15:1-5,15
Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns John 19:1-3
Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross John 19:6,15-17
Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Mark 15:21
Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem  Luke 23:27-31
Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified  Luke 23:33-34
Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23:39-43
Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple John 19:25-27
Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23:44-46
Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Matthew 27:57-60