30th March 2021

The Last Supper Painting by Benjamin West


Reading 1: Is 49:16 The liturgy presents another of the Servant Songs from Isaiah: “You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory.” Gospel: Jn 13: 21-33, 36-38 John describes the part of the Last Supper when Jesus announces his betrayal by Judas and the denials of Peter.


Jesus underwent great inner struggle as he was sat for the great meal of everlasting memory. At the same table was the one who would betray him and another who would deny him. Judas had let him down. Peter had let him down. Will you also let him down? Judas let down Jesus for the sake of money. Peter did let down Jesus due to self-love (he wanted to keep himself unharmed).

Judas was a lover of money and was a robber (cf. Jn 12:6). He valued money more than the life and love of his master. He found it a waste to anoint Jesus with an ointment of great cost. Judas sold the creator of the world for the price of a slave. What is the value and place that you give Jesus in your personal life?

He is worthy of not only everything that you have in this world but also your entire life. In our blindness we fall into the temptation of forgetting Jesus for the sake of fragile worldly possessions and momentary sinful pleasures. “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mt 16:26).

Peter was unaware of his own frailty. He was unaware of how unprepared he still was for the cross of discipleship after three years of being one of the Lord’s closest confidants. He had a long way to travel before he reached the stage of losing oneself for the sake of the master. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Mt 16:25).

There are times we prefer to protect ourselves, even at the cost of compromising on the gospel values. How courageous are you to introduce yourselves as a disciple of Christ by giving witness to the Lord through your life, thus drawing others to his love? How faithful a disciple are you?

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 71: 1-6, 15, 17 My mouth will tell of your salvation, Lord.

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