3 Apr 2007
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my motherâ€™s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, â€œYou are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.â€ But I said, â€œI have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.â€ And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strengthâ€” he says, â€œIt is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.â€
Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, â€œVery truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.â€ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciplesâ€”the one whom Jesus lovedâ€”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, â€œLord, who is it?â€ Jesus answered, â€œIt is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.â€ 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, â€œDo quickly what you are going to do.â€ 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, â€œBuy what we need for the festivalâ€; 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, â€œNow 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, â€˜Where I am going, you cannot come.â€™
Simon Peter said to him, â€œLord, where are you going?â€ Jesus answered, â€œWhere I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.â€ Peter said to him, â€œLord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.â€ Jesus answered, â€œWill you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.