Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Gospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38
"The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name… the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb." (Isaiah 49:1b, 5a) "On you I depend from birth; from my mother’s womb you are my strength." (Psalm 71:6)
From the time of our conception, God is with us and His purpose for our life is our guidance and our strength. When we deviate from that path, we feel weak and confused, but when we do His will, not only will we prosper, but so will those whose lives are meant to be affected by God’s plan for us.
God’s will for us, generally speaking, is our own salvation and the salvation of others – specifically and indiviually, discernment is needed. We need to listen carefully to God, so that we do not step out ahead of him (like Peter), claiming strength we do not have. We also need to heed Jesus’ warnings and teachings so that we do not step opposite of him (like Judas), thereby betraying, not only Christ, but ourselves as well. (Think about it – who is really betrayed at the Last Supper? Seems pretty obvious that Judas’ own actions betrayed his thoughts and evil plans.)
So, as we take time at the end of Lent and during the coming Triduum to think and pray about God’s purpose for our lives, are we willing to give back to God this life that He gave us ("Will you lay down your life for me?"), or will we cling to ourselves out of fear of those that might threaten our life?
"Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times." We’ve all stumbled on the way, much more that 3 times, but Jesus is willing to forgive us and rise up with us to continue the journey.