So much happened during the three holy days ahead of us: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter; so little is recorded for the days before that.
Today is Wednesday! I wonder how the disciples felt at that time. What was Jesus thinking? How do we feel as we are about to begin our journey through these holy days?
As we draw near the events of the last three days of Holy Week what things can we ponder and meditate about as we remember what Jesus told his disciples? I suggest that we reflect on on two things that took place at the Supper in the Upper Room on Thursday.
First: The Gospel tells us that Jesus told Judas to do quickly what he was going to do. Judas received the piece of bread and went out. “And it was night.” (Jn. 13:30)
Have you wondered what Jesus might have been thinking, knowing that Judas was about to betray him? Perhaps we can reflect on how Jesus feels when we betray him or let him down in our daily life.
Secondly: The disciples must have felt puzzled and bewildered when Judas left the room, especially when Jesus told the disciples “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.” (v.31)
What did Jesus mean?
I think that something of the meaning of being glorified can be found in the new commandment that Jesus gave them, right after he said that!
“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (v. 34b)
We can perhaps reflect on how we can find something of the meaning of being glorified in our mutual love of one another.
Meditating on these things should help us to share in the emotions of those who had been with Jesus those last three days, and prepare ourselves with them to celebrate the joys of the Resurrection on Easter.