April 7, 2020 – Tuesday of Holy Week

“Resting on the Heart of Christ to avoid the temptation of being a ‘wavering or betraying disciple’ and instead always being His ‘Beloved Disciples!’”

(Based on Is 49:1-6 and Jn 13:21-33, 36-38)

A leader, campaigning for an election, was giving a speech… “Ladies and Gentlemen… give heed to what I say I am a Catholic

As far as possible, I go to Mass every day.

(Holding a rosary in the hand, he said…)

This is a rosary.
As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day.

If you reject me on account of faith in Christ, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative!”

The leader had grown in his conviction to live for the Lord…
… and he publicly declared his faith.

Am I nurturing a deeper conviction in my life of faith?
… or do I waver and vacillate in my faith, according to circumstances and situations of life?

The Gospel of the Day gives a closer insight into the attitudes and relationship of some of the disciples of Jesus…
… with an invitation for each of us to grow in our commitment to the Lord.

On this Tuesday of the Holy Week, we witness the final discourse of Jesus to His disciples. The Gospel passage begins with the disturbing information by Jesus: “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me!” (Jn 13:21)

This statement came as a big shock for the disciples.

Yet, it is an insight into one of the deeper realities of our following of Christ: The temptation to betray the Lord always looms large for a Christian!

Let us realise that it is only a faithful and humble submission to the Power of Christ…
… that will help us overcome this temptation.

The passage describes the attitude and disposition of three disciples:

  1. John, the Beloved Disciple, who remains close to the Heart of the Lord
  2. Simon Peter, the Wavering Disciple, who genuinely wishes to follow the Lord, but often fails
    due to human limitations
  3. Judas, the Betraying Disciple, who is encompassed by the forces of darkness and allows
    himself to be overpowered by the night of sin.

Our Christian following could also pass through these phases:

  1. The Beloved Disciple
    … when we understand the need to depend on the Lord totally and thus remain ever close to Him
  2. The Wavering Disciple
    … when we sometimes trust our abilities and have a momentary loss of focus from Jesus onto ourselves
  3. The Betraying Disciple
    … when we give up on the Love of the Lord and handover ourselves to evil ways and sinful deeds.

Am I…
… growing in my love for the Lord and knowing the need to be close to Him, to be His Beloved Disciple?
… or am I floating on the waters of uncertainty and self-capability, and being a Wavering Disciple?
… or am I going downhill into spiritual darkness and becoming a Betraying Disciple?

The Gospel passage also teaches us the prime importance of preparing well our hearts for the reception of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

The Apostles had the privilege to participate in the First Holy Eucharist.
… however, one of them – Judas – received the Lord with a deliberate and purposeful sin in the heart, which led to bringing death upon himself, at the reception of the Life-giving Bread.

Do I make the necessary preparations to receive the Lord worthily in the Holy Eucharist?
Do I grow in the awareness of His presence in us, throughout the day, after receiving the Eucharist?
Do I, in turn, become a Eucharist to the needy in the world and break myself in service to one another

We live in a world that constantly needs a public demonstration of our faith…
… and a firm exhibition of our convictions amid diluted and corrupted mentalities.

Can we stand up for our faith and have the courage to live and display our faith in the Lord?

Am I a nurturing a deeper conviction in my life of faith?
… or do I waver and vacillate in my faith, according to circumstances and situations of life?

Prophet Isaiah recounts the duty of Jesus, the Suffering Servant – the Beloved Son – and how He would remain true to the Mission entrusted to Him by His Heavenly Father:
“I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Is 49:6)

Yes, as followers of Christ,
… the danger to be a Betraying Disciple looms large
… the temptation to be a Wavering Disciple is in the air

But, with faith and hope, let us rest ourselves on the Heart of Christ and always be His Beloved Disciples!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Great occasions for serving God come seldom… but little ones surround us daily!”

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