The warmth in the readings for Holy Week make us feel at home in our beliefs. The first reading is the “Second Hymn of the Suffering Servant.” It tells us that for Jesus, his being the long-awaited Jewish Messiah was not enough.
“It is too little for you to be my servant to raise up the survivors of Israel. I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
The Gospel had us feeling deep kinship with John as he reclined against Jesus. It has us feeling loyalty to Peter as he takes over as the one in charge.
John, in an earlier chapter,told us that when the Samarian woman met up with Jesus, it was about noon.” , Here, in telling us that Judas left to betray Jesus, he adds, “And it was night.” It prompts us to ask what it is like with us: are we “about noon,” or is it “night?”
Would we lay down our life for Jesus?