At supper with his disciples, Jesus said, "Now 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, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward." Peter said to him, "Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.
You are the centre, Lord, of my life. The centre of my life. Amid all my preoccupations, all the worries and hassles and concerns in my mind right now, can I focus for a moment on the centre of my life? Can I open my heart to God, my guide, my healer, my teacher? Can I stop for a moment and listen to God’s voice?
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
Jesus was approaching his death. He says God is glorified in him. What does he mean? Think for a moment about how God is glorified in the death of Jesus.
Listen to the ‘new commandment’, to love one another. What do you feel as you hear that? Is it how Christians are identified, by their love? What does this commandment say to you now, in your life?
Listen to the reading again and notice Peter’s desire to go with Jesus, to stay with him, even to die with him. Peter will let him down, but Jesus knows our weakness and accepts us as we are.
Express your own desires to Jesus, asking for his help, his mercy, his forbearance.