Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49: 1-6
John 13: 21-33, 36-38
Don’t you love it when a plan comes together just as you planned it? Don’t you love it even more when something happens out of the blue that is a pure gift that you had no idea was coming? Such was the case for me on Sunday, when I was really thinking about family and a family member showed up for morning mass from out of town that I did not expect. Today and all this week there is a plan for Jesus Christ but was it expected or out of the blue?
In our first reading from Isaiah, we hear from the song of the Suffering Servant. Earlier in the book of Isaiah, God has a plan for Israel to bring a blessing to the Gentiles, but they fail miserably. God comes up with another plan, and that is to have his Servant be that blessing as this Servant will call everyone to himself for he will speak with great authority. This plan was conceived as the Servant was in his mother’s womb. The plan for this Servant will look like a failure in the end because he suffer and die. However, God reassures the Servant that he did not toil in vain as it all was part of God’s plan.
In our gospel, we hear John’s version of the Last Supper. We hear once again of Judas handing Jesus over, and when Judas leaves to do what he must do, Jesus says, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God glorified.” How can Jesus say this? Because it was all part of God’s great plan that all would be redeemed in Christ’s death. Yes, the Jewish leaders did want him dead; he was stirring up way to much controversy, but this is not why he died. He died because it was all of God’s holy plan for our salvation.
May we celebrate the Passion of Christ by walking with him through this week we call holy. May we live our lives knowing it is all part of God’s great plan and discover Him in our lives.